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The Record (レコード) is a Japanese camera taking unperforated 35mm film, made from about 1926 by Rokuoh-sha, manufacturing branch of Konishiroku (predecessor of Konica). It was the first Japanese camera to use 35mm-wide film.

Description Edit

The Record is inspired from the Unette by Ernemann, and uses the same type of unperforated 35mm film, spooled with paper backing. The film runs vertically inside the brick-shaped wooden body. The exposure format is 22×32mm, with the largest dimension transversal to the film advance. The camera thus takes horizontal pictures when held in its natural position.

The body is hinged along the right-hand rear edge, and it opens in two for film loading, unveiling the spool holders, film rollers and exposure chamber. The film is advanced by a key on the photographer's right, and there is a single unprotected red window in the back. There is a folding frame finder and a holding shackle at the top. Two levers are visible on the right, near the front side; the upper one is used for Instant pictures, and the other is for Time exposures.[1] The lens is a meniscus and has two aperture settings, certainly switched by the sliding button visible above on the front side.[2] The name RECORD CAMERA is embossed in relief in the leather covering, below the lens.

Commercial life Edit

The Record reportedly appeared in October 1926.[3] In the May 1927 advertisement in Shashin Geppō,[4] the camera is presented as "for beginners" and the picture shows a young boy using the Record. The camera is listed for ¥6, and the film roll allow for twelve exposures is listed for ¥0.30. The advertisement says that the Record costs one third of the price of a camera using 127 film, presumably an allusion to the Pearlette. It seems that the film can be processed for projection slides, and a film processing device is announced as available soon and listed for ¥2; a dedicated enlarger is also mentioned.

The December 1929 advertisement in Shashin Geppō[5] shows the Pearlette and the Record side by side; the Record is presented as "enjoyable by young boys and young girls" (少年少女に喜ばれる). The prices of the Record camera and film roll are unchanged. The film processing device is not mentioned, but a Record slide projector, also functioning as an enlarger, is shown and listed for ¥9.50.

The Record was replaced by the Sakura box as an inexpensive camera for beginners.

Notes Edit

  1. Function of the two levers: Awano, p.4 of Camera Collectors' News no.256.
  2. Two aperture settings: Awano, p.4 of Camera Collectors' News no.256. This source gives the aperture values as 9 and 15, but this is unconfirmed.
  3. Sakai, p.23 of Kurashikku Kamera Senka no.10, and chronology from the official company history Shashin to tomo ni hyaku-nen, reproduced in Tanaka, p.94 of Kurashikku Kamera Senka no.10.
  4. Advertisement reproduced in Awano, p.5 of Camera Collectors' News no.256. An exactly similar advertisement is reproduced here in the R. Konishi Rokuoh-sha website.
  5. Advertisement reproduced in Awano, p.6 of Camera Collectors' News no.256.

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