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A Japanese Leica I clone made by Elega-sha (エレガ社) in 1951-1954? and distributed by Nittō Shashin Yōhin K.K. (日東写真用品㈱). In 1954 it sold for ¥9,800.[1] It was fitted with a fixed Eleger Anastigmat f/3.5 45mm.The known body serial numbers range from four-digit numbers (1372 etc) to five-digit numbers 121xx to 136xx.[2]


  • 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. Items 3239–40.


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  1. Advertisement for the Elega-35 and Elegaflex dated 1954, reproduced in Shashin-Bako
  2. sn body 1372, lens 1074: CamerasDownUnder; sn body 12157, lens 12071: Copies of the Leica Standard (Massimo Bertacci); sn body 12320, lens 11825: Lot 256, tenth Westlicht Auction; sn body 12809, lens 12420: image by Alan Fisher, at Flickr; sn body 13126, lens 12815: Lot 313, eighth Westlicht Auction; sn body 13684, lens 13303: Christies Sale 6314 Lot 137;