Hanimex

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Hanimex Corporation was an importer and distributor of cameras, lenses, and other photographic equipment in Australia and New Zealand. The company also distributed consumer electronics and other non-photographic gear. Hanimex cameras were often sold under the Hanimex brand name or co-branded with the Hanimex brand and the Manufacturers brand (e.g. Hanimex Topcon). Photographic product distributed by the company were made by Tōkyō Kōgaku, Sedic and Royal in Japan, by Finetta, Montanus, Vredeborch and Dacora in West Germany, by Pentacon in East Germany, and by other manufacturers. Hanimex distributed SLR lenses for several different lens mounts under the Hanimex brand name. Since 1954, Hanimex was also the sole distributor of Fuji Film products in New Zealand.[1]

Hanimex sold camera flashes, film cameras (eg. Hanimex Loadmatic MP300 Super8 camera, Hanimex U8 Zoom Super8 camera), slide projectors[2] (eg. Hanimex Arus 500) and film projectors (eg the Hanimex Dual-matic IQ 1000S Super8 film projector) and dark room equipment.

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History

Hanimex Corporation was founded in 1947 by Jack Hannes[1]. Hanimex is an abbreviation for Hannes Import Export. At some point (date/reference needed), Hanimex Corporation became a subsidiary of Australian real estate developer, Chase Group. The subsidiary became known as Hanimex Group. In 1979, Des Franklin became the Managing Director of Hanimex.[3] In the 1980s, under Managing Director Bill Cutbush, Hanimex acquired a number of smaller companies including Foto Island, Palcolor.[4] In 1985, Hanimex acquired American company Vivitar, which was losing money, and in a year made the company profitable again. Due to a decline in the Australian real-estate market, Chase Group decided to sell Hanimex Group.[5] In 1989 Hanimex was acquired by Gestetner Corporation.[6] Ricoh Co., Ltd. acquired Gestetner Corporation in 1996. Gestetner then changed its name to NRG Overseas Investment Ltd.[7] On 22 April, 2004 Fuji Photo Film Co., Ltd acquired Hanimex Australasia Pty Ltd., the holding company of Hanimex Group, from NRG Overseas Investment Ltd, a group company of Ricoh Co., Ltd. Fuji discontinued use of the Hanimex name at that time but still owns the rights.


Cameras

   Date    Origin
Eaglet c.1952
Electra II c.1962 a rebadged Dacora-Matic 4D
Hanimar c.1953 a rebadged Finetta 88
Hanimette c.1966 a rebadged Beirette
Hanimex 100 LF Tele
Hanimex 101 Rapid c.1966 a rebadged Dacora D 101 Rapid
Hanimex 101F Rapid
Hanimex 108F
Hanimex 110 EF
Hanimex 110 F Auto-Grip
Hanimex 110 FL Tele
Hanimex 110 MF Amphibian
Hanimex 110 TF Motor c.1968
Hanimex PF 428 (110)
Hanimex 202 Rapid
Hanimex Amphibian (Underwater diving camera)
Hanimex 303 Rapid a rebranded Dacora D303
Hanimex 35 AFX
Hanimex 35 AL
Hanimex 35 Auto-EE
Hanimex 35 DL
Hanimex 35 Dual Lens
Hanimex 35ee Micro
Hanimex 35 EFP
Hanimex 35 EM
Hanimex 35 ES
Hanimex 35 ESM
Hanimex 35 F
Hanimex 35 FE
Hanimex 35 FM
Hanimex 35 FX
Hanimex 35 HF Motor
Hanimex 35 HL
Hanimex 35 HS
Hanimex 35 RAS
Hanimex 35 HSC
Hanimex 35 IF
Hanimex 35 IF Sport
Hanimex 35 KAF
Hanimex 35 KAS
Hanimex 35 KF
Hanimex 35 MAF
Hanimex 35 MB-3s
Hanimex 35 MD
Hanimex 35 ME
Hanimex 35 Microflash
Hanimex 35 MF
Hanimex 35 RAF
Hanimex 35 RAS
Hanimex 35 Reflex Flash 1979 same as Fujica ST-F
Hanimex 35 RL-1
Hanimex 35 SE
Hanimex 35 SL
Hanimex 35 WF
Hanimex Electronic 3if
Hanimex 404 Rapid
Hanimex A35 c.1958 a rebadged Samoca 35 M-28[8]
Hanimex Big Eye Motor
Hanimex Compact A a rebadged Halina 35-600
Hanimex Compact R
Hanimex Date
Hanimex C-35 c.1959 a rebadged Royal 35P[9]
Hanimex CR-1000 (SLR) a rebadged Petri MF-1?
Hanimex D-35 c.1959 a rebadged Royal 35P[10]
Hanimex DR-1 (SLR) (made by Cosina [a CT-1?])
Hanimex Duomatic
Hanimex FC5s
Hanimex Handy
Hanimex IC500
Hanimex IC2000
Hanimex IC3000
Hanimex Mini
Hanimex Mini AF
Hanimex Panorama 35
Hanimex Praktica 66 same as the Pentacon Six
Hanimex Praktica LB c.1975 same as the Praktica LB
Hanimex Praktica LTL c.1975 same as the Praktica LTL
Hanimex Praktica Mat c.1967 same as Praktica Mat
Hanimex Praktica Nova I & IB See Praktica Nova
Hanimex Praktica Super TL c.1969 See Praktica Super TL
Hanimex RF-35
Hanimex RF-35d
Hanimex SnapShot
Hanimex SnapShot 10
Hanimex SnapShot Brite
Hanimex Standard 120 Box c.1954 made by Vredeborch
Hanimex Tele 110 TF
Hanimex Topcon RE Auto 1964 made by Tokyo Kogaku
Hanimex VC3500
Hanimex Vision I
Hanimex Vision III
Holiday c.1958 a rebadged Walz 35[11]
Holiday 35 c.1958 a rebadged Royal 35P[12]
Holiday 35 c.1972
Holiday II
Werra IB c.1954 a rebadged Werra [13]

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 FujiFilm New Zealand company history
  2. The Australian Way – Paul Burrows, AV Hub, 05 October 2012
  3. Australian Photo History, Chapter One
  4. Australian Photo History, Chapter Two: 1980-1986
  5. LA Times, Yet another buyer sets its sights on Vivitar
  6. Gestetner History
  7. Ricoh Canada: Ricoh History
  8. The Royal Camera Co, Hanimex A35 and C35 Catalog Specs. (Colin Clarke)
  9. The Royal Camera Co., Hanimex A35 and C35 Catalog Specs. (Colin Clarke).—| Hanimex C35 (Hanimex 1959 Catalogue
  10. | Hanimex D35 (Hanimex 1959 Catalogue
  11. | Hanimex C35 (Hanimex 1959 Catalogue
  12. | Hanimex C35 (Hanimex 1959 Catalogue
  13. The Royal Camera Co., Hanimex A35 and C35 Catalog Specs. (Colin Clarke)


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