Tokiwa Seiki

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Tokiwa Seiki K.K. (常盤精機株式会社) is a Japanese company that made cameras at least in the 1950s. Tokiwa means "everlasting" or "evergreen", and seiki means "precision instruments".

See also Tokiwa Kōgaku.

35mm film

  • Firstflex-35

120 film

6x6 TLR

  • Autoflex A[1]
  • Autoflex IIA
  • Autoflex IIB
  • Bioflex[2]
  • Firstflex
  • Kwik[3]

6x6 folders

  • First Six


  1. Shōwa 10–40nen kōkoku ni miru kokusan kamera no rekishi attributes the A and the IIA to Minagawa; Kanno (p. 116) says that Tokiwa manufactured them and Minagawa distributed them.
  2. As listed by Kanno (p. 116), who does not elaborate. An unrelated Bioflex was also made by Alsaphot.
  3. Or perhaps Kwik flex or Kwikflex, as listed by Kanno (p. 116), who does not elaborate beyond saying that it/they may have been for export only.

References and 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.
  • Kanno (管野経敏). "A kara Z no kokusan niganrefu" (AからZの国産二眼レフ, Japanese TLRs from A to Z). In Miryoku saihakken: Nigan refu: Firumu kamera ha e no messeiji (魅力再発見・二眼レフ:フィルムカメラ派へのメッセージ, Fascination rediscovery: TLRs: A message to film cameras). Tokyo: Shashinkogyo Syuppansha, 2006.