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The Royal 35LE fixed lens rangefinder camera was made by Royal Camera of Tokyo in 1958-59, featuring:

  • Rangefinder-coupled Tomioka Tominor f1.9 / 45mm lens, to f16. Lens settings keyed to Light Value (LV) scale around front of lens: LV setting made with front ring geared to aperture and shutter speed rings.
  • Copal shutter with M and X flash sync.
  • Shutter speeds: B, 1s to 1/500s.
  • Built-in non-coupled selenium meter read at the top of camera, in LV 1-17 scale and indexed ASA 12-800 for high and low light levels.

The Royal 35LE was developed from the Royal 35M rangefinder camera as Royal Camera's last variation on the 35M chassis. In addition to the LV-coupled lens, cosmetically the top cover and front plate sheet metal had raised, more articulated panels and bands. The LE's central front panel was either black-enameled similar to that of the Royal 35P, or not.

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