Hansa Jupiter

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The Hansa Jupiter[1] (ハンザジュピター) is a Japanese 35mm viewfinder camera, surely distributed by Ōmiya Shashin-yōhin, the owner of the "Hansa" brand. Its actual maker is unknown.

It seems to be molded is some sort of plastic, and has a tubular optical finder protruding on the top. It is equipped with a body release, and it is said to have a device to cut the film in mid-roll.[2] It is said that the lens is a meniscus achromat 60mm f/10 and that the shutter provides B and 1/25 speeds.[3]

The Hansa Jupiter is advertised in 1948 and 1949, and there is a test report in the January 1949 issue or Ars Camera.[4] Its price was ¥1,500.[5]


  1. The name is spelled "Hanza Rollette Ref" in Kokusan kamera no rekishi, p.339, but this is a typo. The camera is called "Hansa Jupiter 35" in this page of the JCII collection and in Lewis, p.63.
  2. Mentioned in Kokusan kamera no rekishi, p.359, and in this page of the JCII collection.
  3. Kokusan kamera no rekishi, p.359.
  4. Kokusan kamera no rekishi, p.359.
  5. Price: this page of the JCII collection.


  • Asahi Camera (アサヒカメラ) editorial staff. Shōwa 10–40nen kōkoku ni miru kokusan kamera no rekishi (昭和10–40年広告にみる国産カメラの歴史, Japanese camera history as seen in advertisements, 1935–1965). Tokyo: Asahi Shinbunsha, 1994. ISBN 4-02-330312-7. Item 698. (The book does not show any advertisement copy nor picture.)
  • Lewis, Gordon, ed. The History of the Japanese Camera. Rochester, N.Y.: George Eastman House, International Museum of Photography & Film, 1991. ISBN 0-935398-17-1 (paper), 0-935398-16-3 (hard). P.63 (brief mention and picture).
  • SAKURAI Minoru (櫻井實) "Kokusan kamera no erabikata" (國産カメラの選び方) ARS, 1949. P.50.

This camera is not listed in Sugiyama.


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