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Wirgin Kamerawerk, Wiesbaden, West Germany

Edixa Reflex

Edixa Reflex (1957)

Wirgin was founded by Heinrich, Max and Josef Wirgin in 1920. Second class materials, poor quality control and technical "stretching" in abiding of the original construction clinched the unreliability of Edixa and also other cameras made by Wirgin or even related to it. Many of them became un reparable in a short time. It is not right to point the finger of blame to Heinz Waaske the designer of Edixa nor only to Wirgin brothers. The most evident reason was the lack of good materials.
There is always a chance, that you get a sample which you find utterly reliable. The case is same like in the former FSU cameras, the original construction is workable but the method of implementation varies. (More about Wirgin Brotherts on Adox page)

Over 60 different variations of Edixa Reflex were made. All of them had a 42mm lens thread. First model was sold under the name Komet but because the name was owned by an other German company it was quickly changed to Edixa.Westagon

The early models can be recognized for instance the lack of the shutter release lock and the shape of the knobs on the camera top. Initially the camera had different interchangeable viewfinders but in the later models this feature was stripped down. Also the lens supply for Edixa reflex was diverse both in what it comes to variety and quality. The lens in the picture is automatic aperture, Westagon (6 lens,5 group, Ultron type) If not the best cameras, that money can buy Edixa Reflex cameras were relatively popular in the late fifties but, that was the time when Japanese assault to the western camera markets was already on.

Edixa top



  • Film format: 24mm x 36mm
  • Picture size 4,5x6cm and 6x9cm
  • Lens Isco Göttingen , Westagon 1:2 / f=50mm
  • Lens Mount 42mm lens thread
  • Shutter: Mechanical cloth focal plane shutter,
    1/25, 1/50, 1/100, 1/250, 1/500, 1/1000 and B
  • Flash: Standard F and X synch
  • Metering: none
  • Finder: Waist level viewfinder (Interchangeable)
  • Battery: none
  • Weight ~850g with the lens



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