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Japanese pseudo TLR (edit)
Prewar and wartime models
4.5×6 Hansa Rollette Ref | Roll Light Ref | Union Ref
4×4 Pilot Ref (4×4)
3×4 Alma Baby Ref | Baby Ref | Baby Roll Ref | Chukon Ref | Clover Baby Ref | Mario Ref | Pilot Ref | Prince Baby Ref | Truth
Postwar models
6×6 Cometflex | Dox New Six | Elliotte | Flex-O-Cord | Honestflex | Koniken | Mikono Flex C | Oplen Junior | Palma Brilliant | Rionflex | Rosko Brilliant | Topflex | Vesterflex
4.5×6 Binox | Maruso Refe
4×4 Herlight
Japanese true TLR ->
Japanese 6×6, 4.5×6, 3×4 and 4×4, 4×5 and 4×6.5 ->

The Koniken is a Japanese 6×6 pseudo TLR, made in the 1950s by an unknown company. The name of the camera is an obvious rip-off of Konica and Nikon. The only surviving example observed so far is pictured in Takasaki.[1]

Description Edit

The body of the Koniken is much inspired by the Ricohflex III, but the camera is fixed-focus. The film is advanced by a knob on the photographer's right. The name KONIKEN is inscribed in capital letters on a nameplate in front of the viewing hood.

The shutter gives B, 25–200 speeds and is perhaps of the everset type; it is synchonized via a pin placed on the side. The viewing and taking lenses are inscribed KONIKEN ACHROMAT U.S. 1:3.5 F=80mm on the silver rim. At first glance, the diameter of the barrel and front element would fit f/3.5 lenses, but U.S. aperture 3.5 (in the Uniform Scale) actually corresponds to f/11: what looks like the front element is certainly a piece of plain glass, and the lenses are hidden behind.

Notes Edit

  1. Example pictured in Takasaki, p.67 of Kurashikku Kamera Senka no.49.

Bibliography Edit

This camera is not listed in Kokusan kamera no rekishi or in Sugiyama.

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