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Japanese Semi (4.5×6)
Prewar and wartime models (edit)
folding
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The Hope is a Japanese 4.5×6 folding camera, probably dating from the late 1930s. The sources attribute this camera to a company called G.H. Works or to Ōhashi.[1]

Description Edit

The Hope is a vertical folder. There is a tubular finder in the middle of the top plate and an advance knob at the bottom right (as seen by a photographer holding the camera horizontally). The back is hinged to the left and contains two uncovered red windows. The back latch is covered by a handle. The name HOPE is embossed in the back leather and G.H. WORKS, perhaps the name of the maker, is engraved on the standing leg.

The lens is a 75/6.3, engraved G.H. ANASTIGMAT HOPE F=75 MM 1:6.3. The shutter seems to have four speed settings: B, 25, 50, 100. The shutter plate has an octagonal drawing and is marked HOPE at the top. The aperture scale is at the bottom and goes from 6.3 to 22.

Surviving examples Edit

Two examples of the camera have been observed so far.[2] An example of the case has been observed too, with a large HOPE embossing on the front.[3]

Notes Edit

  1. Sugiyama, item 1072, says both G.H. Works and Ōhashi. McKeown, p.344, only mentions G.H. Works.
  2. Example pictured in Sugiyama, item 1072, and example sold in an online auction.
  3. Case pictured in this page.

Bibliography Edit

The Hope is not listed in Kokusan kamera no rekishi.

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