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The Hobix is a series of fixed-focus cameras using Bolta film, made by Tougodo in the 1950s.

First generation: original Hobix

The original Hobix was perhaps made around 1949.[1] It has a rounded metal body and takes 25×25mm exposures.[1] The top plate is removable for film loading.[1] It is attached by a screw[1] at the left end — as seen by the photographer. The film advance knob is at the top left, and has a manual exposure counter around the base. There is also a red window in the back.[1] The viewfinder is contained in a short casing extending towards the right. The name HOBIX is inscribed above, together with Tougodo's TG logo and the initials T.G.C.W. (surely for Tougo Camera Works).

The everset shutter has B and I settings[1] selected by a lever at the top, and is tripped by a small lever on the right. Its front plate is marked HOBIX at the top and MADE IN OCCUPIED JAPAN at the bottom. The lens is a simple meniscus, approximately corresponding to a 35mm f/9.[1]

The original Hobix with removable top plate is extremely rare, and the only picture observed so far is in an article by Takesaki in Kurashikku Kamera Senka.[1]

Second generation

Common features

The models of the second generation were made from about 1951 to 1954, after the original Hobix. All have the same main body with rounded edges, longer than the earlier model. The back is hinged to the right, and locked by a sliding bar on the right. It contains a red window protected by a horizontally sliding cover. The advance knob is at the top left, and again has a manual exposure counter at the base.

Viewfinder models

Plain Hobix

The plain Hobix takes 24×24mm exposures.[2] Its viewfinder is contained in a top housing extending to both ends of the top plate. There is an accessory shoe on the right. The name HOBIX is inscribed above the finder, together with the TG logo and T.G.C.W. initials.

The everset shutter gives B, 25, 50, 100 speeds, selected by an index at the top. Its front plate is marked HOBIX at the top and COMPLETE at the bottom. The lens is said to have f/4.5 maximal aperture and Waterhouse stops.[2] The focal length is about 38mm.[2]

Hobix B

TLR models

Hobix DI

Hobix DII

Third generation


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 Takesaki, p.90 of Kurashikku Kamera Senka no.51.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Takesaki, p.96 of Kurashikku Kamera Senka no.21.



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