Red Flag 20                                                                                                              
Shanghai General Camera Factory

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1971 - 1977

Probably less than 200

71xxx - 77xxx,


1.4/50 (1.4/35 and 2/90 lenses were also supplied with the camera).

This camera was never sold to the general public. It was made on government orders and was given, initially, as a gift to important state visitors. It was subsequently used by a number of organisations, such as the police, press, universities etc.

The Red Flag 20 is sychronized for flash (M and X) via sockets on the end of the body, below the rewind crank. The viewfinder has frames for the three lenses supplied (35, 50 and 90mm) and there is a film type indicator under the rewind crank.

The first two digits of the serial number (found on the back of the body) indicate the year of manufacture.

The pictured camera is fitted with the 1.4/50 lens, which, together with the 1.4/35, is a copy of the Leica Summilux. The 2/90 lens is a copy of the Summicron.

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