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The Bakyna (ベキナー) is a Japanese 4.5×6 strut folding camera made around 1937.[1]

Description Edit

The Bakyna has a bakelite body and scissor struts on each side of the front standard. The bakelite has a pebbled grain, imitating leather covering. The name BAKYNA is moulded at the front. The folding optical finder and its front part folds above the rear one. The advance knob is at the left end of the top plate. The back is hinged to the right and the back latch is covered by a handle.

The lens is an Anastigmat Pionar 75mm f/6.3 and the shutter is a Picco giving T, B, 25, 50, 100 speeds. Both are made by Fuji Kōgaku. Some sources attribute the camera itself to Fuji Kōgaku too, probably on the basis of the lens and shutter equipment, but this is unconfirmed.[2]

Advertisements Edit

The Bakyna was advertised in the January 1937 issue of Asahi Camera.[3] It was also offered for ¥29 in a catalogue by Yamashita Yūjirō Shōten dated April 20, 1937.[4]

Notes Edit

  1. Date: advertisements listed in Kokusan kamera no rekishi, p.340.
  2. Sugiyama, item 1031; McKeown, p.328.
  3. Kokusan kamera no rekishi, p.340.
  4. Extract of the Yamashita catalogue reproduced in Kokusan kamera no rekishi, p.91.

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Fuji Kōgaku cameras (edit)
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Baby Lyra | Baby Lyra Flex | Baby Balnet Dianette | Pionette Lyravit Balnet Four Comex
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Bakyna | Semi Lyra | Lyrax Lyra Six | Lyra Flex Lyra (6×9) Semi Lyra | Pioneer Lyra Six | Lyraflex

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