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Japanese older 6×9 (edit)
folding First Center | First Roll | Kinka Roll | Lyra (6×9) | Pearl No.3 | Pearl No.2 | Year-Eight Pearl | Reex | Royal Junior
box Dox | Sakura (box)
3×4 and 4×4, 4×5 and 4×6.5, 4.5×6, 6×6 and plate ->
Modern 6×9 RF and SLR ->
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 Dox (ドックス) is a series of Japanese box cameras distributed in 1950–2 by Chūō Shashin-yōhin. The name of the manufacturing company is unknown.

Original model: Dox Camera or Dox New Hope

The original Dox Camera (ドックスカメラ) — sometimes called Dox New Hope (ドックスニューホープ) because of the inscription on the front plate[1] — was first announced in the October 1950 issue of Asahi Camera, reproduced below.[2] It was priced at ¥850. An advertisement in Ars Camera July 1951 offers the camera for an unchanged price,[3] and further documents are reported until mid-1952.[4]

This model is an ordinary box camera, taking both 6×9cm and 4.5×6cm exposures on 120 film. The rear panel is hinged to the bottom for film loading and is locked by a spring-loaded latch at the top. It contains two uncovered red windows, offset to the left.

There are two brilliant finders, for horizontal and vertical pictures. A handle is diagonally attached to the top panel. The advance knob and release lever are on the photographer's right. The shutter gives B and 1/25 settings, selected by a small lever placed above the main release. The lens is a simple meniscus (roughly 90mm f/10),[5] apparently placed behind the shutter. The name DOX–NEW HOPE is inscribed on a rectangular nameplate attached under the lens.

Dox New Six

The Dox New Six (ドックスニューシックス) is a 6×6 version, half way between a box and a pseudo TLR, with a single brilliant finder centered at the top. There is a tripod thread and a protective cover for the red window.[6] The camera has B and 1/25 speed settings and a single-element meniscus lens[6] (advertised as 90mm f/10).[7] The lens rim can take a filter or a close-up attachment, an unusual feature on a box camera.[6][7] (It is unclear if these accessories were actually supplied with the camera, or were available as an extra.)

This model was first advertised in September 1951,[8] and was featured in the October issue of Asahi Camera, reproduced below.[6] The price was ¥1,300. The camera was also advertised in Ars Camera November 1951, along with the Sunny.[9]


The Dox III (ドックスⅢ型) is similar to the original Dox. It has a restyled front plate, marked DOX or perhaps DOX III at the bottom and perhaps DCW at the top (maybe for Dox Camera Works). This model was advertised in Ars Camera December 1952[10] for ¥1,200 with B and 1/25 speed settings, an f/10 meniscus lens and three aperture settings: 11, 16 and 22.


  1. The camera is called Dox New Hope in Kokusan kamera no rekishi, item 618, and in Sugiyama, item 4123.
  2. Column in Asahi Camera October 1950, p.120. It is the oldest document listed in Kokusan kamera no rekishi, p.355.
  3. Advertisement reproduced in Kokusan kamera no rekishi, p.150.
  4. Kokusan kamera no rekishi, p.355: the "Dox Camera" and "Dox New Hope" (items 616 and 618) are certainly identical.
  5. 90mm f/10: Kokusan kamera no rekishi, p.355.
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 Column in Asahi Camera October 1951, p.138.
  7. 7.0 7.1 Advertisement in Ars Camera November 1951, reproduced in Kokusan kamera no rekishi, p.150.
  8. Kokusan kamera no rekishi, p.355.
  9. Advertisement reproduced in Kokusan kamera no rekishi, p.150.
  10. Advertisement reproduced in Kokusan kamera no rekishi, p.150.


Original documents

  • Asahi Camera October 1950. "Shinseihin memo" (新製品, New products memo). P.120.
  • Asahi Camera October 1951. "Shinseihin memo" (新製品, New products memo). P.138.

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