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Japanese subminiature
on paper-backed roll film and round film (edit)
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The Blondy is a Japanese subminiature announced in 1949 by Kashiwa Seikō.

Description Edit

The Blondy takes ten 14×14mm exposures, presumably on 17.5mm paper backed rollfilm. It has higher specifications than the Midget or Mycro cameras using the same format.

The viewfinder is contained in the middle of a sleek top housing. There is a body release, a rare feature on this class of subminiature cameras, emulated by the New Midget III only two years later.[1] The release linkage is covered by a small cylindrical fairing next to the lens barrel. The film is advanced by a gear at the left, half covered by the top housing. The back is presumably hinged to the left, and there is a spring-loaded latch on the right. The film advance is certainly controlled via a red window in the back.

The shutter gives B, 25, 50, 100 speeds.[2] It has a lever on the side, certainly used for winding. The lens is a Blondy Anastigmat 20mm f/4.5 made of four elements, again a rare feature on a subminiature camera.[3]

The name BLONDY is engraved above the viewfinder, together the word PATENTS and the company name KASHIWASEIKO CO.

Commercial life Edit

The Blondy was briefly advertised in the July and August 1949 issues of Kohga Gekkan.[4] It is also mentioned in an article of Photo Art December 1949 on Japanese cameras, where the price is quoted as "less than ¥2,500".[5] It was certainly made in very small quantities, and no surviving example has been observed so far.

Notes Edit

  1. The column in Photo Art December 1949, p.35, says that the Blondy is the first Japanese subminiature with a body release.
  2. Speed range: column in Photo Art December 1949, p.35.
  3. Four elements: column in Photo Art December 1949, p.35.
  4. Kokusan kamera no rekishi, p.363.
  5. Photo Art December 1949, p.35.

Bibliography Edit

The Blondy is not listed in Sugiyama.

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