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The Chrome Dax[1] is a Japanese camera using 35mm film, distributed in 1937 by Dax Shōkai. It is only known from an advertisement for the Chrome Dax II (クローム・ダックスⅡ型) dated December 1937 and reproduced in Kokusan kamera no rekishi.[2] No mention of the model I has ever been found.

Description of the body Edit

The Chrome Dax II has a rounded body with strap lugs at both ends. There is a top housing containing an eye-level finder. The advance knob is at the top right at it seems that the exposure counter is to the left of the viewfinder. A button is visible on the left, perhaps the body release.

Lens and shutter Edit

The lens is a collapsible Nagel[3] Anastigmat 50/4.5 and the shutter is a Nagel[3] giving T, B, 20, 40, 75, 120 speeds. It seems that the shutter is not an usual leaf shutter. A knob is visible to the right of the lens, perhaps used to select the shutter speeds.

Distributor and price Edit

The advertisement only mentions the company Dax Shōkai, and says that authorized dealers were wanted (特約店募集). The price was ¥70, case ¥7 extra.

No surviving example of the Chrome Dax has been observed so far, and it is not known if the camera was actually sold.

Notes Edit

  1. Kokusan kamera no rekishi, p. 337, calls the camera "Chrome Ducks". The correct Roman spelling is unknown, but "Dax" seems more plausible from the katakana ダックス.
  2. Advertisement published in Ars Camera, reproduced in Kokusan kamera no rekishi, p. 78.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Inferred from the katakana ナーゲル.

Bibliography Edit

This camera is not listed in Sugiyama.

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