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3×4 and 4×4, 4×5 and 4×6.5, 4.5×6, 6×6 and 6×9 ->

The Special East is a Japanese 6.5×9cm plate folder, distributed by Sone Shunsuidō in 1929.

The camera has an all-metal body, apparently with single extension bellows. Its folding struts, front standard and handle attachments are very similar to that of the original Kinka, of which it might be a name variant. There is a brilliant finder offset to the left, and there is no wireframe finder.

The Special East was advertised in the May 1929 issue of Asahi Camera.[1] In the advertisement, the camera is presented as a new model (新発売). The shutter is described as giving T, B, 25, 50, 100 speeds, and the picture shows a dial-set Vario. The lens is given as an Anastigmat f/6.3, with no further detail. The camera cost ¥28 and was supplied with a cable release, three plate holders and one film-pack holder.

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  1. Advertisement in Asahi Camera May 1929, p.A26.

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