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Japanese subminiature
on paper-backed roll film and round film (edit)
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The Homer No.1 is a Japanese subminiature camera producing ten 14x14mm images on a roll of 17.5mm film. It was a more modern version of the Hit-type cameras, certainly made in the 1960s. It was distributed and perhaps manufactured by Kambayashi.[1] The Petit is a name variant of the same camera.

Description Edit

The Homer No.1 has a rectangular styling, similar to the simple viewfinder cameras of the 1960s. It is made of plastic and metal, and has a gray finish with grayish leatherette. The viewfinder is integrated in the top housing. The film is advanced by a wheel at the rear, moved by the photographer's left thumb. The rear half of the camera is removable for film loading, together with the spool holders and crude advance mechanism. It is locked by sliding bars at both ends, and has an uncovered square window in the middle.

The lens is fixed-focus and has no marking. The aperture is selected by a two-position lever atop the lens barrel, and there are drawings of a cloudy or sunny landscape on either side of the viewfinder, serving as indications for the use of this control. The everset shutter takes instant exposures only. The mention MADE IN JAPAN is inscribed on the shutter plate, below the lens.

Variations Edit

The camera exists in two versions, differing by the name inscribed at the top of the shutter plate: either HOMER NO.1 or PETIT. It seems that the full name of the Petit was "Petit 14", as appears on the original box.[2] Variations are reported in the exact tint of the gray finish, but these reports might be based on the observation of ill-calibrated colour pictures.

The Toyoca Ace, also sold as the Homer 16, might be an evolution of the Homer No.1.

Notes Edit

  1. The company name "Kambayashi & Co., Ltd." appears on the English user manual reproduced in this page at
  2. Box visible in this page at

Bibliography Edit

These cameras are not listed in Kokusan kamera no rekishi.

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