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The Royal 35M fixed lens rangefinder camera was made by Royal Camera of Tokyo beginning in 1957, featuring:

  • Rangefinder-coupled Tomioka Tominor 45mm / f2.8[1], and with either Tominon C or Tominor 45mm / f1.9[2] lens for the 35M 'deluxe version'[3], each to f16. All lenses had 40.5mm screw-in filter size, and used 42mm slip-on metal or translucent plastic lens caps which carried the 'RC' crest.
  • Copal MXV shutter with M and X flash sync.
  • Shutter speeds: B, 1, 1/2, 1/5, 1/15, 1/25, 1/50, 1/100, 1/250, 1/500s.
  • 10-blade aperture diaphragm giving a nearly circular pupil.
  • Built-in non-coupled selenium meter read at the top of camera, indexed ASA 12-800 for high and low light levels and for readings with an accessory selenium booster cell. Both the built-in modular meter and accessory cell were made by Sekonic.

Variations Edit

Royal Camera rebadged its equipment for sale by other distributors. The Royal 35M was also distributed as:

  • Ogikon 35E, with Ogikor 45mm / f1.9 or f2.8 lenses, by Ogino Exporting in Japan;
  • Skylark E, with Tominor 45mm / f1.9 lens, by Mansfield Industries in North America;
  • Wirgin 19E, with Tominon C or Tominor 45mm / f1.9 lens, by Wirgin in Europe and North America.

Links Edit

In Japanese:

In Chinese:

  • Royal 35M: post with pictures in a Chinese forum

References Edit

  1. Sugiyama/Naoi "The Collectors Guide to Japanese Cameras", code number 3744, p229.
  2. Sugiyama/Naoi "The Collectors Guide to Japanese Cameras", code number 3745, p229.
  3. Use of this term follows Sugiyama & Naoi practice: Royal Camera did not appear to differentiate between versions when variations of the same model were made.

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