The Graflex Graphic 35 can trace its beginnings back to the "Cee-ay 35" introduced by the Candid Camera Corp. in 1949. A few were produced when Ciro bought the design and renamed the camera the Ciro 35. Graflex, in an attempt to break into the 35mm market bought Ciro in 1951. Graflex continued to produce the camera until 1954 when they redisgned the camera in 1955 and renamed it the Graphic 35 A range finder, the Graphic had two viewfinders. On for the split image rangefinder and one to frame the shot. It also sported a Prontor SVS shutter with speeds of 1sec. to 1/300 sec. and B. The lens was a 3 element Graflex Graflar 2.8/50 made by Rodenstock. The camera is a little wierd to use. Focusing is done by two black plastic pushbuttons operated by the forefinger of each hand. A very fast method of focusing. The shutter release is the lever on the left side of the shutter and is operate by the middle finger of the right hand. This can cause the camer to rotate about its axis and can easily ruin a shot if you are not careful. The shutter has to be cocked manually by a lever on top of the shutter assembly. Over all the build quality and optics are excellent and is fun to use once you get used to it. Despite all this the design was already obsolete and it could never begin to the Japanese cameras comming into the market.