Anny SP

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The Anny SP is an inexpensive camera for Bolta film, made by Hōei around 1960. It has a fixed-focus 5 cm lens, (identified as 'Utacar' in some examples[1][2]) with two aperture settings (f/8 and f/11). It has an 'I' and 'B' shutter, which is synchronised for flash with a PC socket and a cold shoe on the top housing. The camera has lever film advance (but presumably this must be used with the red window).

The top housing is shaped to suggest a pentaprism, but only houses a reverse-Galilean viewfinder. This was not an attempt to deceive; the camera is substantially smaller than a real SLR camera. Rather, as suggested by collector 'Nekosan', the Anny cameras may have been intended for children, with the charm of looking like their fathers' cameras.[3]


  1. Anny SP with 'Utacar' lens at Aya's Junk Camera Factory One picture of the camera, basic specifications in Japanese, and link to a single, very creditable sample photo).
  2. Anny SP with unidentified lens, and other Bolta cameras (the Anny SP is near the bottom of the page), at Komatsu's classic camera pages (archived).
  3. Anny SP and other 'wannabe' cameras at Nekogahora Camera Collection (archived)