Project Microcord

A British Classic. MPP (Micro Precision Products) Microcord MkII~ Twin Lens Reflex . Manufactured in Kingston-Upon-Thames in Surrey.

I am not big on technical stuff and much more interested in the artistic side of photography however for those who want little of the technical. The camera is fitted with a British made 77.5mm f/3.5 Ross Xpres blue coated lens (supposedly as good if not better than the Schneider Xenar of the Rolleicord ). The shutter is a German made Prontor SVS, the MkI version of the Microcord was fitted with a British made Epsilon shutter (also fitted to many Ensign camera's) and it was the unreliability of these shutters which gave Microcord an early poor reputation.


The top lens is the viewing lens and the lower lens is the taking or shooting lens. A little dusting off required before use.

The chrome bits are just lens caps.


The buttons to the left and right of the M.P.P logo alter the shutter speed and the aperture, the settings which can be viewed through a window situated on the top of viewing lens (see next photo)

The lever to the right is shutter delay position M=18 millisec delay , X=Zero delay (good for street) and D=8secs delay (perfecf for selfie).


The settings for Shutter speed from 1 sec to 1/300 (also bulb setting) and aperture f3.5 to f22


Also with the camera is a lens hood a filter and what I think is a close up lens.


It came with a box, instructions and it's own leather jacket.


The waste level viewfinder is not the brightest I have seen, it does however have a flip up magnifier to assist with focusing.


I will continue with the story when I decide what film to shoot. This will more than likely be a black and white film if I go into Manchester and a colour film if I stay in the Peak District or around my farm.

I will try to include a blog on loading the film and I will of course upload the results.

I love the introduction in the manual (written in approx 1956) which reads "In this manual will be found a description of the construction of the camera, and the simple instructions necessary to operate the instrument. The manual does not purport to be a treatise on twin-lens photography but we hope that the information provided will prove of value to the newcomers to twin-lens photography and enable them from the very commencement to produce first class negatives.

To be continued ...