The Kiko Flex is a copy of the 1936 Rolleicord models. The focusing is done by moving the front plate back and forth. The film advance is probably semi-automatic. The focusing and film advance knobs are on the photographer's right, and there is a round window at the top of the right-hand side plate, certainly for an exposure counter. The focusing knob is surrounded by a depth-of-field plate. There is a button underneath, which is certainly the shutter release. It seems that there is a lever on the right-hand side of the viewing hood, perhaps releasing a mirror for eye-level reflex viewing.
The nameplate is shaped like the nameplate of the early Rolleicord and is inscribed KIKO FLEX in capital letters.
Advertisements and other documents
The camera was also mentioned in the "Kokusan shashinki no genjōchōsa" ("Inquiry into Japanese cameras"), listing the Japanese camera production as of April 1943. This time the lens was given as a three-element Kiko (キコー) 75/3.5 made by Kigawa and the shutter as a Comex (コメックス) giving T, B, 1–300 speeds, made by an unknown manufacturer.
It seems that no surviving example has surfaced yet.
- Date: advertisements listed in Kokusan kamera no rekishi, p.335.
- Advertisement published in Shashin Bunka, reproduced in Kokusan kamera no rekishi, p.66.
- Roman version inferred from the katakana キコーコンパー.
- "Kokusan shashinki no genjōchōsa" ("Inquiry into Japanese cameras"), item 124.
- "Kokusan shashinki no genjōchōsa" ("Inquiry into Japanese cameras"), lens item Lb8, shutter item 18-Q-5.
- 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 58.
- "Kokusan shashinki no genjōchōsa" (国産写真機ノ現状調査, Inquiry into Japanese cameras), listing Japanese camera production as of April 1943. Reproduced in Supuringu kamera de ikou: Zen 69 kishu no shōkai to tsukaikata (スプリングカメラでいこう: 全69機種の紹介と使い方, Let's try spring cameras: Presentation and use of 69 machines). Tokyo: Shashinkogyo Syuppan-sha, 2004. ISBN 4-87956-072-3. Pp.180–7. Item 124.
The Kiko Flex is not listed in Sugiyama.