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'''Taisei Kōki''' (大成光機) is a Japanese camera maker that was active after World War II.
 
  
It is probably related to [[Fuji Kōgaku]]. Various Japanese websites<REF> [http://www.mediajoy.com/en/cla_came/welmy/index.html This page of the Mediajoy Guide to Classic Cameras], [http://minosan05.cocolog-nifty.com/syasin/2006/01/post_4773.html this page at Minosan's blog] and [http://www3.kiy.jp/~daddy/WELMY6.html this page at Puppy's Island]. </REF> say that Fuji Kōgaku changed its name to Taisei Kōki after the war, but [http://rd2h-ari.hp.infoseek.co.jp/LYRA_PIC.htm this page at Japan Family Camera] more precisely says that Fuji Kōgaku was split in two parts after the war: Taisei Kōki and [[Katsuma|Katsuma Kōgaku]]. This cannot be exact because there are earlier records of the existence of Katsuma, but Katsuma could have bought the Lyra brand name and other assets to Fuji Kōgaku after the war, while the rest of the company became Taisei Kōki.
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Indeed the logo used on the Welmy range is very similar to the Fuji Kōgaku logo: the words ''TAISEI WELMY'' are written in a cemented doublet lens design with a protuberance on top, that was an allusion to the Mount Fuji on the Fujikō logo. Taisei Kōki also used the Terionar brand name on some lenses, a brand name that was already used by Fuji Kōgaku.
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'''Taisei Kōki K.K.''' (大成光機{{kabu}}) was a Japanese camera maker based in Itabashi, Tokyo in the 1950s.<REF> The address was Tōkyō-to Itabashi-ku Itabashi-chō 3–481 (東京都板橋区板橋町3の481) from 1952 to 1957 and Tōkyō-to Itabashi-ku Kumano-chō 45 (東京都板橋区板橋町3の481) in 1958 and 1959. Source: advertisements reproduced in {{Kokusan}}, pp.120 and 223. </REF>
  
== 6&times;6 folders ==
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The company was created in May 1949 by the merge of '''Narimasu Kōki''' (成増光機) and '''Daiyū Kōgaku''' (大由光学).<REF name="KME Yazawa"> [http://konicaminolta.jp/about/corporate/group/bmec/outline.html Company profile of Konica Minolta Electronics], and Yazawa, p.12 of {{CCN}} no.247. </REF> (The name "Taisei" 大成 was formed of the first characters of the two former company names.)
* [[Welmy Six]]
 
  
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The company may have at least some distant relation to the company [[Fuji Kōgaku]] which existed until 1945.<REF> Tanaka, p.44, and [http://rd2h-ari.hp.infoseek.co.jp/LYRA_PIC.htm this page at Japan Family Camera], say that Fuji Kōgaku was split in two parts after the war: Taisei Kōki and Katsuma Kōgaku, with the latter keeping the Lyra brand name. This is not entirely accurate, though. </REF> (Taisei Kōki notably used the same Terionar brand name as the former Fuji Kōgaku.)
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All three companies Fuji Kōgaku, Katsuma Kōgaku and Taisei Kōki used the Terionar lens name, and they have similar logos, showing a cemented doublet lens scheme, with a protuberance on top, maybe an allusion to Mount Fuji. The logo used by Taisei Kōki on the Welmy range is written ''TAISEI WELMY''.
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All the shares of the company were bought in August 1960 by [[Konica|Konishiroku]].<REF name="KME Yazawa" /> By the time, the company had ceased to sell cameras under its own name. In 1968, it moved from Itabashi to a new factory in the city of Tsuru (都留市, prefecture of Yamanashi).<REF name="KME Yazawa" /> In 1972, the company name was turned into '''K.K. Yamanashi Konica''' ({{kabu}}山梨コニカ).<REF name="KME Yazawa" /> In 1983, this was split into '''K.K. Konica Denshi''' ({{kabu}}コニカ電子, Konica Electronics) and other sub-companies.<REF> [http://konicaminolta.jp/about/corporate/group/bmec/outline.html Company profile of Konica Minolta Electronics] and [http://konicaminolta.jp/about/corporate/group/oop/ company profile of Konica Minolta Opto Products]. </REF> The company Konica Minolta Electronics Co., Ltd., distant descendent of Taisei Kōki, is still installed in the Tsuru factory.<REF> [http://konicaminolta.jp/about/corporate/group/bmec/outline.html Company profile of Konica Minolta Electronics]. </REF>
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== 35mm film cameras ==
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* [[Welmy]]
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* [[Welmy 35mm|Welmy 35]]
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* [[Westomat 35|Welmy 35 M-2 / Kalimar A]]
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* Welmy 35 M-3
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* [[Welmy Wide|Welmy Wide / Star Lite]]
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*  Super Welmy 35
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* [[Super Westomat 35]]
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* [[Westomat 35]]
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* [[Airequipt]]
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== 120 film cameras ==
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=== 6×6cm folding ===
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* [[Welmy Six and Mount Six|Welmy Six]]
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* [[Welmy Six and Mount Six|Welmy Six E]]
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* [[Welmy Six and Mount Six|Welmy Six L]]
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* [[Welmy Six and Mount Six|Mount Six]]
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* [[Welmy Six and Mount Six|Mount Six III]]
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=== 6×6cm TLR ===
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* [[Welmy-Flex]]
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== 127 film cameras ==
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* [[Welmy 44]] (4×4cm rangefinder)
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== Notes ==
 
== Notes ==
 
<references />
 
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[[Category: Camera makers]]
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== Source / further reading ==
[[Category: Japanese companies]]
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* {{Showa10}}
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* Tanaka Masao (田中政雄). ''Nihon no niganrefu: Zenpen'' (日本の二眼レフ:前編, The TLRs of Japan, vol.1). Tokyo: Asahi Sonorama, 1983. <nowiki>ISBN 4-257-08088-4</nowiki>
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* Yazawa Seiichirō (矢沢征一郎). "Renzu no hanashi (157) Happī" (レンズの話[157]ハッピー, Lens story [157] The Happy). In {{CCN}} no.247 (January 1998). Nishinomiya: Camera Collectors News-sha. Pp.11–4. (On the creation and fate of Taisei Kōki. This contains the exact same information as in the [http://konicaminolta.jp/about/corporate/group/bmec/outline.html official history of Konica Minolta Electronics].)
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== Links ==
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<!--Commented out link, page no longer present/availabe, please remove if not returned by 01/2016 In French:
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* [http://www.collection-appareils.fr/general/html/liste10_imagettes.php#Taisei Taisei cameras] at [http://www.collection-appareils.fr/ www.collection-appareils.fr] -->
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In Japanese:
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* [http://konicaminolta.jp/about/corporate/group/bmec/outline.html Company profile of Konica Minolta Electronics Co., Ltd.] and [http://konicaminolta.jp/about/corporate/group/oop/ company profile of Konica Minolta Opto Products Co., Ltd.]
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<!--Commented out link, page no longer present/availabe, please remove if not returned by 01/2016 * [http://aei-collectibles.web.infoseek.co.jp/camera/others/7-1-98/index.htm Welmy 35] at [http://aei-collectibles.web.infoseek.co.jp/index.htm AEI Collectibles] -->
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[[Category: Japanese camera makers|Taisei Koki]]

Latest revision as of 18:19, 28 May 2019

Taisei Kōki K.K. (大成光機㈱) was a Japanese camera maker based in Itabashi, Tokyo in the 1950s.[1]

The company was created in May 1949 by the merge of Narimasu Kōki (成増光機) and Daiyū Kōgaku (大由光学).[2] (The name "Taisei" 大成 was formed of the first characters of the two former company names.)

The company may have at least some distant relation to the company Fuji Kōgaku which existed until 1945.[3] (Taisei Kōki notably used the same Terionar brand name as the former Fuji Kōgaku.)

All three companies Fuji Kōgaku, Katsuma Kōgaku and Taisei Kōki used the Terionar lens name, and they have similar logos, showing a cemented doublet lens scheme, with a protuberance on top, maybe an allusion to Mount Fuji. The logo used by Taisei Kōki on the Welmy range is written TAISEI WELMY.

All the shares of the company were bought in August 1960 by Konishiroku.[2] By the time, the company had ceased to sell cameras under its own name. In 1968, it moved from Itabashi to a new factory in the city of Tsuru (都留市, prefecture of Yamanashi).[2] In 1972, the company name was turned into K.K. Yamanashi Konica (㈱山梨コニカ).[2] In 1983, this was split into K.K. Konica Denshi (㈱コニカ電子, Konica Electronics) and other sub-companies.[4] The company Konica Minolta Electronics Co., Ltd., distant descendent of Taisei Kōki, is still installed in the Tsuru factory.[5]

35mm film cameras


120 film cameras

6×6cm folding

6×6cm TLR

127 film cameras


Notes

  1. The address was Tōkyō-to Itabashi-ku Itabashi-chō 3–481 (東京都板橋区板橋町3の481) from 1952 to 1957 and Tōkyō-to Itabashi-ku Kumano-chō 45 (東京都板橋区板橋町3の481) in 1958 and 1959. Source: advertisements reproduced in Kokusan kamera no rekishi, pp.120 and 223.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Company profile of Konica Minolta Electronics, and Yazawa, p.12 of Camera Collectors' News no.247.
  3. Tanaka, p.44, and this page at Japan Family Camera, say that Fuji Kōgaku was split in two parts after the war: Taisei Kōki and Katsuma Kōgaku, with the latter keeping the Lyra brand name. This is not entirely accurate, though.
  4. Company profile of Konica Minolta Electronics and company profile of Konica Minolta Opto Products.
  5. Company profile of Konica Minolta Electronics.

Source / further reading

  • 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.
  • Tanaka Masao (田中政雄). Nihon no niganrefu: Zenpen (日本の二眼レフ:前編, The TLRs of Japan, vol.1). Tokyo: Asahi Sonorama, 1983. ISBN 4-257-08088-4
  • Yazawa Seiichirō (矢沢征一郎). "Renzu no hanashi (157) Happī" (レンズの話[157]ハッピー, Lens story [157] The Happy). In Camera Collectors' News no.247 (January 1998). Nishinomiya: Camera Collectors News-sha. Pp.11–4. (On the creation and fate of Taisei Kōki. This contains the exact same information as in the official history of Konica Minolta Electronics.)

Links

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