Beauty Super II

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The Beauty Super II 35mm fixed lens rangefinder camera was made by the Beauty Camera Company (formerly Taiyōdō) in 1958, featuring:

  • Rangefinder-coupled Canter-S 45mm /f1.9 with 10-bladed aperture, Canter-S 45mm / f2.0, or Canter 45mm / f2.8 lens with 5-bladed aperture.
  • Copal MXV shutter in the f1.9 version, Copal SV shutter in f2 and f2.8 versions, both with M and X flash sync.
  • Shutter speeds: B, 1, 1/2, 1/4, 1/8, 1/15, 1/30, 1/60, 1/125, 1/250, 1/500s.

The Super II was developed from the 1957 Beauty Canter.

A point of interest is that this camera a date is stamped in ink inside the bottom cover. The dating system uses the Japanese Year[1]. For instance the date '33 8 15' would be the year Showa 33 (1958), August 15. Whether this date is the date of assembly, or just the date the bottom plate was made, is unknown.


The Super II was rebadged as the Varicon S II, with a Canter 45mm / f2.8 lens. The logo was changed to "Varicon B.C.C." (Beauty Camera Company)


  1. Although most people in Japan use, or at least are familiar with, the Western calendar, the traditional calendar is used for official documents. For more information on the Japanese calendar see [this conversion table].