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The Jenic is a Japanese subminiature camera, made around 1948 by an unknown company.
The Jenic takes 14×14mm pictures (some sources say 15×15mm) on 17.5mm paper backed rollfilm. It has a vertical shape, just like a miniature movie camera. There is a rigid optical finder at the top. The left side of the camera is removable for film loading, and is locked by a wheel at the middle. The film chambers only use the rear portion of the camera's internals, and there is plenty of room left, including a compartment storing an additional film roll. The advance knob is on the photographer's right, and there is a single uncovered red window on the back.
The lens is a Jenic Anastigmat 3.5cm f/2.8, giving some telephoto effect, equivalent to the use of an 85mm lens on a 24×36mm camera. The aperture is adjustable from 2.8 to 11 by a knob placed under the lens, but the focus is fixed.
The shutter is tripped by a button placed on the right side, near the bottom. It is reportedly cocked by the lever visible on the same side, in front of the advance knob. The speeds (B, 200, 100, 50, 20) are selected by a knob above the lens, replicating the aperture knob.
The camera is identified by a Jenic nameplate screwed to the right side. The lens has a serial number, engraved on the outer part of the rim.
The Jenic (ゼインックス) is briefly mentioned in a column about the Meteor in Kohga Gekkan January 1948. Its manufacturer is unknown, but it might be distantly related to the Baby Colon, which shows some similarities in the shape and in the control layout.
- ↑ 14×14mm: Sugiyama, item 5046 (this is the nominal size of most other cameras using 17.5mm film). 15×15mm: McKeown, p.451, and this page at Submin.com.
- ↑ See this page at Submin.com.
- ↑ Column reproduced in Awano, p.4 of Camera Collectors' News no.239.
- Awano Mikio (粟野幹男). "Meteōru, Besutokamu, Epokkusu" (メテオール、ベストカム、エポックス, Meteor, Vestkam, Epochs). In Camera Collectors' News no.239 (May 1997). Nishinomiya: Camera Collectors News-sha. (Contains a reproduction of a column in Kohga Gekkan January 1948, which briefly mentions the Jenic.)
- McKeown, James M. and Joan C. McKeown's Price Guide to Antique and Classic Cameras, 12th Edition, 2005-2006. USA, Centennial Photo Service, 2004. ISBN 0-931838-40-1 (hardcover). ISBN 0-931838-41-X (softcover). P.451.
- Sugiyama, Kōichi (杉山浩一); Naoi, Hiroaki (直井浩明); Bullock, John R. The Collector's Guide to Japanese Cameras. 国産カメラ図鑑 (Kokusan kamera zukan). Tokyo: Asahi Sonorama, 1985. ISBN 4-257-03187-5. Item 5046.
The Jenic is not listed in Kokusan kamera no rekishi.