The Atlas 35 is a viewfinder camera for 35 mm film, made by Yamato in Japan in the late 1950s. It resembles the later Pax cameras (McKeown compares it to the Pax Ruby). It has the 45 mm f/3.5 Color Luna lens used on some of the Pax cameras, with scale focusing. It has lever film advance, a simple rewind knob, with a film-type reminder dial set in it, and a simple reverse-Galilean viewfinder. The shutter (an in-lens shutter) gives speeds 1/25 - 1/300 second, plus 'B'; it is synchronised for flash, with a PC socket on the side of the lens, and the camera has a cold shoe. The shutter is cocked by advancing the film.
|Atlas 35 |
image by Greg Manion (titan13purple) (Image rights)
The Atlas 35 II (shown right) is a restyled and improved model. The lens is now an f/3.5 C Luminor (perhaps an f/2.8 was available as an option), the viewfinder now has a superimposed bright-line frame, with parallax-correction marks for close focus, and there is a folding crank instead of a knob for rewind. The film-type reminder is therefore in the hub of the advance lever. The shutter is the same as in the first model.
McKeown lists two other models:
- the Atlas 35 (I), described as having a single long window in the front housing, accommodating the viewfinder and a coupled rangefinder. The lens is an f/3.5 Luna.
- the Atlas Deluxe, described as a rangefinder version (of the first model, perhaps), with an f/2.8 Luna.
- McKeown, James M. and Joan C. McKeown's Price Guide to Antique and Classic Cameras, 12th Edition, 2005-2006. USA, Centennial Photo Service, 2004. ISBN 0-931838-40-1 (hardcover). ISBN 0-931838-41-X (softcover). p1020-1.