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Japanese plate SLR cameras (edit)
atom (4.5×6cm) Simplex Reflex | Speed Reflex
meishi (5.5×8cm) Speed Reflex
daimeishi (6.5×9cm) Convex Reflex | Hogo Reflex | Idea Reflex (1932) | Neat Reflex | Simplex Reflex | Speed Reflex
tefuda (8×10.5cm) Idea Reflex (1910 and 1911) | Idea Reflex (1932) | Neat Reflex | Photo Deluxe Reflex | Speed Reflex
nimaigake (8×12cm) Idea Reflex (1910 and 1911) | Sakura Reflex Prano
kabine (12×16.5cm) Idea Reflex (1910 and 1911)
daikabine (13×18cm) Guaranteed Reflex
unknown Hardflex | Leinflex | Photoman Special Reflex
Japanese plate film: monocular, box, folding bed and strut-folding ->
3×4 and 4×4, 4×5 and 4×6.5, 4.5×6, 6×6 and 6×9 ->

The Convex Reflex (コンベックスレフレックス) is a Japanese SLR camera taking daimeishi (6.5×9cm) plates or pack film, made by Sone Shunsuidō in the 1920s.

The camera has a box-shaped body with a rigid tapered front, a large viewing hood, a focusing helical and various controls on the photographer's right, certainly to wind, set and trip the focal plane shutter. It is not known if the camera has a revolving back or not.

The Convex Reflex was advertised in the November 1924 issue of Ars Camera as "soon coming to the market" (近々市場に出現する).[1] In a later advertisement, it was offered along with the Secrette 4.5×6cm detective camera and Apollo 6.5×9cm folder;[2] the price is given as ¥135 and the lens is described as a Complanar (コンプラナー) f/4.5, specially made by a French company in Paris for Tokyo Camera Works, the manufacturing branch of Sone Shunsuidō.

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  1. Advertisement in Ars Camera November 1924.
  2. Advertisement reproduced in Morishita, p.70 of Kurashikku Kamera Senka no.22.

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