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Sanei Sangyō K.K. (三栄産業㈱) was a Japanese camera maker. It made cameras under the Samoca brand from 1952. It was renamed to Samoca Camera K.K. (サモかカメラ㈱, Samoca Camera Co., Ltd.) in 1955.[1] Samoca cameras and accessories were distributed by Hattori Tokei-ten at least until 1956.[2] The company was perhaps renamed Sanei Sangyō again in 1958,[3] and Samoca cameras are known at least until 1962.

The logo of the company consisted of AAA inside a triangle; the three "A" are certainly inspired by the company name "Sanei", which can be phonetically understood as "three A" in Japanese.

Camera list Edit

35mm viewfinder Edit

35mm rangefinder Edit

35mm TLR Edit

Accessories Edit

  • Samoca light meters
  • Samoca flash guns
  • Samoca tripod
  • Romanslide slide projectors:
    • Romanslide Z, released in 1955,[4] sold at ¥4,900 in 1955–6[5]
    • Romanslide R-35, sold at ¥8,000 in 1955–6[5]
    • Romanslide PB-300, sold at ¥12,500 in 1955–6[5]
    • Romanslide FG-500, for 6×6cm and 4×4cm[6]

Notes Edit

  1. Advertisements reproduced in Kokusan kamera no rekishi, p.139, show "Sanei Sangyō" in February 1955 and "Samoca Camera" in May 1955.
  2. Advertisements reproduced in Kokusan kamera no rekishi, pp.139 and 252.
  3. Attribution of the Samoca cameras in Kokusan kamera no rekishi, p.388.
  4. The Romanslide Z is announced as a new model in the advertisement on p.124 of Photo Art no.80, June 1955.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 Advertisement on p.124 of Photo Art no.80, June 1955, and advertisement in Shashin Kōgyō April 1956, p.237.
  6. Example observed in an online auction.

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