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The Zenobia 35 is a Japanese 35mm rangefinder camera made by Zenobia Kōgaku (former Daiichi Kōgaku) in 1957–8. It has a fixed lens and a trigger around the base of the lens barrel to advance the film and cock the shutter.

The original model was advertised in 1957 and 1958.[1] In an advertisement dated September 1957,[2] it is offered with an O-Hesper 45/2.8 lens and a Zenobia-MX shutter (B, 1–500), for ¥17,000. Some changes are visible in a later advertisement dated January 1958:[3] for example a self-timer is added, the shutter cocking lever has a different shape and the focal length of the lens is now stated to be 46mm.

The Zenobia 35 F2 was advertised in 1957 and 1958.[4] It has an O-Hesper 44/2 lens (6 elements in 4 groups) and a Rectus MXV shutter (B, 1–500). In an advertisement dated November 1957,[5] small differences are visible on the body, such as a rewind crank and a nameplate marked Zenobia F2 in place of the self-timer.

The Zenobia 35 F2.8, advertised in 1958,[6] looks the same as the 35 F2 with an O-Hesper 46/2.8 lens.

Notes Edit

  1. Kokusan kamera no rekishi, p.389.
  2. Advertisement in Sankei Camera reproduced in Kokusan kamera no rekishi, p.252.
  3. Advertisement in Sankei Camera reproduced in Kokusan kamera no rekishi, p.252.
  4. Kokusan kamera no rekishi, p.389.
  5. Advertisement in Sankei Camera reproduced in Kokusan kamera no rekishi, p.252.
  6. Kokusan kamera no rekishi, p.389, lists a single advertisement, in the July 1958 issue of Sankei Camera. It does not reproduce it but shows a small picture of the camera instead.

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