Royal 35LE

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The Royal 35LE fixed lens rangefinder camera was made by Royal Camera of Tokyo in 1957, featuring:

  • Rangefinder-coupled Tomioka Tominor f1.9 / 45mm lens, to f16. Lens settings keyed to Light Value (LV) scale around front of lens: LV setting made with front ring geared to aperture and shutter speed rings.
  • Copal shutter with M and X flash sync.
  • Shutter speeds: B, 1s to 1/500s.
  • Built-in non-coupled selenium meter read at the top of camera, in LV 1-17 scale and indexed ASA 12-800 for high and low light levels.

The Royal 35LE seemed to be developed alongside the Royal 35M and 35P rangefinders as variations on the same chassis. In addition to the LV-coupled lens, there were some cosmetic differences in the top cover and front plate sheet metal.