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Japanese 6×6 TLR
Postwar models (A–L)
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The Amiflex is a 6×6 TLR camera that was produced around 1953–4 by Kanto Optical Corp. It focuses with the front cells of both lenses, which are geared together. Film advance uses a red window on the back, protected by a vertically sliding cover. There is a decorative metal plate with black vertical stripes around the lenses.

The first models have a pair of Ami 80mm f/3.5 lenses and an NKS shutter (B, 1–200) with self-timer and flash synchronization.

The first Amiflex variant has no sportsfinder. It is advertised in December 1953[1] for ¥9,000 (including case), distributed by Satsuki Shashin Shōkai, together with the similarly priced Daido Six.

The next variant has a sportsfinder in the viewing hood with a round AMI logo. It is advertised by the same distributor in February 1954[2] for ¥9500 (including case). McKeown pictures this variant, together with a later one having a different viewing hood with a hexagonal AMI logo, and also mentions an NKS-TB shutter.

There is an Amiflex II. McKeown mentions two variants. The early one is very similar to the previous model except the RKS shutter, X synchronized via a PC connector. The later one has changes in the nameplate and in the back door latch and a 1/300 top speed. A late Amiflex II is pictured in this page of the website with Amitar Anastigmat lenses and an Ami shutter to 1/300.

During World War II, there was an Ami 4.5×6 folder; it is unknown if this is related.

Notes Edit

  1. Advertisement for the Amiflex and Daido Six, published in the December 1953 issue of Asahi Camera, reproduced in Kokusan kamera no rekishi, item 581.
  2. Advertisement for the Amiflex, published in the February 1954 issue of Asahi Camera, reproduced in Kokusan kamera no rekishi, item 367.

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