The Nicca Camera Co. Ltd. started as the optical workshop Kōgaku Seiki-sha (光学精機社, meaning Optics and Precision Co.) in 1940, founded by former employees of Seiki Kōgaku (the predecessor of Canon). It was based in Tokyo, Honjo. Its first camera, the Nippon, a close copy of the Leica rangefinder camera, was produced in 1942.
In 1948, the company changed its name to the Nippon Camera Works, and a year later, to the Nicca Camera Works. It continued to build Leica-type rangefinder cameras, adding such features as flash synchronization, lever wind, a hinged film back, and projected viewfinder framing. Nicca also made cameras for Sears under the Tower name.
In 1958, the company was acquired by Yashica, which manufactured and re-labeled the Nicca-33 and III-L as the Yashica YE and YF respectively.
|Nicca 3-S no.66358, Nikkor-H 5cm f/1.4 lens no.321448.|
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- Nicca (original)
- Nicca III or Nicca Type-3
- Tower Type-3 (Leica III-copy for Sears & Roebuck, 1949)
- Nicca IIIA (Leica III-copy, 1951)
- Nicca IIIB (Leica III-copy, 1951)
- Nicca IIIS (Leica III-copy, 1952)
- Nicca 3-S
- Nicca 4
- Nicca 5
- Nicca 5L
- Nicca 3-F
- Nicca 33
- Nicca III-L
- Peerless 35
- Snider 35
- Yashica YE
- Yashica YF (Leica M3-copy)
- Its address in 1943 was Tōkyō-to Honjo-ku Higashi-Ryōgoku 3–10 (東京都本所区東両国3–10). Source: "Kokusan shashinki no genjōchōsa" ("Inquiry into Japanese cameras"), listing the Japanese camera production as of April 1943.
|Nicca III rebadged as Tower|
image by Ryan Volpe (Image rights)
- "Kokusan shashinki no genjōchōsa" (国産写真機ノ現状調査, Inquiry into Japanese cameras), listing Japanese camera production as of April 1943. Reproduced in Supuringu kamera de ikou: Zen 69 kishu no shōkai to tsukaikata (スプリングカメラでいこう: 全69機種の紹介と使い方, Let's try spring cameras: Presentation and use of 69 machines). Tokyo: Shashinkogyo Syuppan-sha, 2004. ISBN 4-87956-072-3. Pp.180–7.