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Japanese pseudo TLR (edit)
Prewar and wartime models
4.5×6 Hansa Rollette Ref | Roll Light Ref | Union Ref
4×4 Pilot Ref (4×4)
3×4 Alma Baby Ref | Baby Ref | Baby Roll Ref | Chukon Ref | Clover Baby Ref | Mario Ref | Pilot Ref | Prince Baby Ref | Truth
Postwar models
6×6 Cometflex | Dox New Six | Elliotte | Flex-O-Cord | Honestflex | Koniken | Mikono Flex C | Oplen Junior | Palma Brilliant | Rionflex | Rosko Brilliant | Topflex | Vesterflex
4.5×6 Binox | Maruso Refe
4×4 Herlight
Japanese true TLR ->
Japanese 6×6, 4.5×6, 3×4 and 4×4, 4×5 and 4×6.5 ->

The Binox is a Japanese 4.5×6 pseudo TLR camera made by Binoca around 1951–2.[1]


The Binox has a black plastic body with a revolving back, allowing to take both vertical and horizontal pictures, and two white plastic knobs. The top of the body contains a big brilliant finder whose front lens is marked BINOX BRILLIANT. A metal plate screwed over the viewing part indicates the vertical and horizontal frame sizes.

The lens is a fixed focus 70mm f/8 marked RAPID SYMM. The shutter has 100, 50, 25, B speed settings and is synchronized via two small pins protruding from the body's bottom part. The shutter housing supports the release lever and a distant release connector. The shutter plate is marked JUNIOR at the top and BINOX at the bottom.


An advertisement dated April 1952[2] pictures the camera (as in the column reproduced above) with a flash unit attached to the right-hand plastic knob and connected to the synch pins by two interlaced cords. The camera was sold with the flash unit for ¥3,800.


  1. Dates: magazine articles and advertisements mentioned in Kokusan kamera no rekishi, p. 360.
  2. Advertisement published in Camera Fan, reproduced in Kokusan kamera no rekishi, p. 166.


  • Asahi Camera (アサヒカメラ) editorial staff. Shōwa 10–40nen kōkoku ni miru kokusan kamera no rekishi (昭和10–40年広告にみる国産カメラの歴史, Japanese camera history as seen in advertisements, 1935–1965). Tokyo: Asahi Shinbunsha, 1994. ISBN 4-02-330312-7. Item 726.
  • Lewis, Gordon, ed. The History of the Japanese Camera. Rochester, N.Y.: George Eastman House, International Museum of Photography & Film, 1991. ISBN 0-935398-17-1 (paper), 0-935398-16-3 (hard). P. 75.
  • Sugiyama, Kōichi (杉山浩一); Naoi, Hiroaki (直井浩明); Bullock, John R. The Collector's Guide to Japanese Cameras. 国産カメラ図鑑 (Kokusan kamera zukan). Tokyo: Asahi Sonorama, 1985. ISBN 4-257-03187-5. Item 4114.
  • Watakushi no ni-gan-refu kamera-ten (私の二眼レフカメラ展, Exhibition of twin lens reflex cameras). Tokyo: JCII Camera Museum, 1992. (Exhibition catalogue, no ISBN number.) P. 26.