Pax M2

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The Pax M2 was the second in the Pax series of compact fixed-lens 35 mm rangefinder cameras made by Yamato in the 1950s. The main difference from the previous model is to the shutter, which is now cocked automatically by advancing the film. The film advance knob is also improved. The name is engraved on top of the rangefinder housing, together with the serial number. 'Pax' is impressed in the leatherette of the back.


  • Type: 35 mm fixed-lens coupled rangefinder camera.
  • Format: 24x36mm on 135 cartridge film.
  • Manufacturer: Yamato Kōki Kōgyō
  • Years of production: c1956[1]
  • Lens:Luminor Anastigmat 1:3.5 F=45 mm; a coated triplet.
  • Shutter:
    • Rim-set leaf shutter. 1/10 - 1/300 sec plus B. Cocked by film advance. No delayed action. Shutter-cocked indicator (red spot in window on top of the lens).
    • Synchronised for flash with a PC socket and switch for F- or X-synch.
  • Viewfinder: Reverse-galilean viewfinder.
  • Focusing:
    • Coupled rangefinder in superstructure on the top plate, giving double-image focusing in the viewfinder (cf the Pax 35 which has separate VF and RF). Rangefinder baseline approx. 40 mm.
    • Knurled finger-knob on lens and knurled focus ring (cf plain ring on the Pax 35). Scale in feet, from 3 ft to infinity.
  • Film advance: Knob-wind, with frame counter around base of knob. Film-type reminder dial in hub of advance knob.
  • Film rewind: Rewind knob. Button to release the film for rewind is behind the shutter release.
  • Other features:
    • Accepts slip-on hood and has a 30 mm filter thread (some cameras have 'Pax' branded hood and/or UV filter)
    • 'Cold' accessory shoe on top of the RF superstructure.
    • Cable release socket in the release button (its predecessor, the Pax 35 does not have this).
    • Back does not hinge, but comes off altogether for loading (latch on the base).


  1. McKeown, James M. and Joan C. McKeown's Price Guide to Antique and Classic Cameras, 12th Edition, 2005-2006. USA, Centennial Photo Service, 2004. ISBN 0-931838-40-1 (hardcover). ISBN 0-931838-41-X (softcover). p.1022.