Kyokutō

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Kyokutō Kōki Seisakusho (極東光機製作所) was a Japanese camera and lens maker in the late 1930s. The company entered the camera market in 1937 with the Semi-Tex, a 4.5×6cm folding camera copied on the Ikonta.[1] It used the short name Kyokkō (極光)[2] and a logo depicting a cemented doublet with two wings, reading KYOKKO MFG.CO.[3] It made the Simpu lenses for the Semi-Tex, and perhaps for the Pilot Ref. The company also announced a 6×6cm TLR called Simpuflex in August 1937, which was never released.

In 1941, the Semi-Tex was attributed to Nomura Seisakusho,[4] perhaps the new name of Kyokutō.

Some recent sources attribute the Vester-Lette 4.5×6 folder to Kyokutō,[5] but that camera was actually made by Ginrei.

Notes

  1. Column in Asahi Camera September 1937, p.524.
  2. The name "Kyokkō Shōkai" (旭光商会) found in this page of the AJCC is certainly mistaken.
  3. Advertisements in Asahi Camera August 1937, p.A75, and September 1937, p.A74. That dated September is reproduced in Kokusan kamera no rekishi, p.80.
  4. "Kamera no kōtei kakaku kanpō happyō", November 1941, type 3, sections 3A, 4A, 6A.
  5. Kokusan kamera no rekishi, pp.340–1; Sugiyama, item 4068; McKeown, p.592.

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