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Japanese no-need-darkroom cameras (edit)
box Baby Camera | Camerette | Chitose | Congo Camera | Hit-Go | It | Kamerette | Katei | Maruso Camera | Mikasa-Go | Speed-Go | Super Camera | Tougo
folding Baby Camera | Best Camera | Hero-Go | Highking Camera | Katei | Lead-Go | Maruso Camera | Meiko | Midori | Nice-Go |New Type- Unknown maker| Special Camera | Yuuhi-Go
viewfinder Meikai | Meisupi | Meisupi
SLR Auto Reflex | Baby Reflex | Chitose | Speed-Go Reflex
TLR Light-Go | B Light-Go | Maruso Camera | Meikai | Meisupi
unknown Alps | Lion | Tōkō
Plate cameras: monocular, box, folding bed, strut-folding and SLR ->
3×4 and 4×4, 4×5 and 4×6.5, 4.5×6, 6×6, 6×9 ->

The Midori Kind Camera is a Japanese strut-folding camera taking no-need-darkroom film sheets. The name "Midori Kind" is reported only, perhaps because it is inscribed on the camera itself.[1]

The camera has an all-metal collapsible body made of three boxes sliding one inside the other, and sustained by scissor struts on both sides. (This collapsible body is somewhat reminiscent of the "bakelite bellows" of the Minolta Vest or Minolta Six.) The front plate has a small fixed-focus lens with no diaphragm, and a small reflex finder. At least two variants are known; one has a sliding button at the front to release the shutter, and the other has a cylindrical post instead, certainly to attach a cable release.[2] The picture format is reported as 3×4cm or 3×5cm; this might correspond to Tougodo's 3.5×5.5cm "Vest-size", or 2.4×3.8cm "no.1 film".

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  1. "Midori Kind": Sugiyama, item 4054, and lot no.561 of Westlicht Photographica Auction no.5.
  2. Sliding button: example sold as lot no.561 of Westlicht Photographica Auction no.5. Cylindrical post: example pictured in Sugiyama, item 4054.

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