Fujita

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Two companies with the name Fujita are known: Fujita Kōgaku Kikai, and Fujita Kōgaku Kōgyō. The relationship (if any) between the two remains unclear.

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Fujita Kōgaku Kikai

Fujita Kōgaku Kikai (藤田光学機械) was a lens maker mentioned in the government inquiry listing the Japanese camera production as of April 1943. Its lenses were mounted on various cameras.

Cameras equipped with a lens by Fujita Kōgaku Kikai

The following list of cameras is probably incomplete, and the inclusion of a model does not mean that all the versions were equipped with Fujita lenses:

Fujita Kōgaku Kōgyō

In 1957, a company called Fujita Kōgaku Kōgyō K.K. (藤田光学工業㈱) released the Fujita 66 SLR camera and a line of lenses. (It was probably the successor of Fujita Kōgaku Kikai, but this is unconfirmed.) This company also made 42mm screw lenses as well as for Argus "C" rangefinders, and in Exakta and Asahiflex mount, from perhaps 1958 on. The 35/2.5, 35/3.5 and 135/4.5 lenses are usually encountered, but there may be other types, such as a 135/3.5. Fujita was a pioneer Japanese maker of retrofocus lenses for medium format as well as 35mm SLR.

Lens brands used include Fujita, Fujitar, Kalimar, and Kaligar. These lenses were also sold under merchants' brands, such as Optinar, Peerotar, Soligor, Accura/Accurar, several Aetna brands, such as Taika Terragon and Gamma Terragon, and probably others.

The Excelsior 75/3.5 lenses mounted on some Aires Reflex and Airesflex are also attributed to a Fujita Kōgaku.

Notes

  1. "Kokusan shashinki no genjōchōsa" ("Inquiry into Japanese cameras"), lens item Jc6.
  2. "Kokusan shashinki no genjōchōsa" ("Inquiry into Japanese cameras"), lens item I5.
  3. "Kokusan shashinki no genjōchōsa" ("Inquiry into Japanese cameras"), lens items Jb2 and Jc6.
  4. "Kokusan shashinki no genjōchōsa" ("Inquiry into Japanese cameras"), lens items Lb6 and Lc10.
  5. "Kokusan shashinki no genjōchōsa" ("Inquiry into Japanese cameras"), lens items Lb6.
  6. "Kokusan shashinki no genjōchōsa" ("Inquiry into Japanese cameras"), lens items Lb6.
  7. "Kokusan shashinki no genjōchōsa" ("Inquiry into Japanese cameras"), lens items Jb6.
  8. "Kokusan shashinki no genjōchōsa" ("Inquiry into Japanese cameras"), lens item Lb1 (f/3.5). The attribution of the f/4.5 lens is extremely probable.
  9. "Kokusan shashinki no genjōchōsa" ("Inquiry into Japanese cameras"), lens items Jb11.
  10. "Kokusan shashinki no genjōchōsa" ("Inquiry into Japanese cameras"), lens item I4.
  11. "Kokusan shashinki no genjōchōsa" ("Inquiry into Japanese cameras"), lens item Lb17.

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