Shinkō Seiki

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Shinkō Seiki (perhaps 新光精機) was a Japanese camera maker in the early 1940s. The company is mentioned as "Shinkō" (新光) in the April 1943 government inquiry on Japanese camera production. Its full name Shinkō Seiki is only known from a marking on a Rorox camera.[1] The company made the Shinko Baby and certainly the Shinkoflex and Shinko Super, as well as the Shinko enlarger; all these products were distributed by Yamashita Shōten, of which Shinkō was perhaps a dependent company. It also made the Baby Doris distributed by Fukada Shōkai, and the Rorox, perhaps a name variant of the Shinko Baby.

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Camera list

  • Shinkoflex (6×6cm SLR with focal plane shutter, 1940)
  • Shinko Super (6×6cm viewfinder camera with focal plane shutter, 1942)
  • Shinko Baby (3×4cm viewfinder camera)
  • Rorox (3×4cm viewfinder camera)
  • Baby Doris (3×4cm folding camera, 1941)

The Doris 3×4cm strut-folding camera was perhaps made by Shinkō as well.

Other

  • Shinko enlarger model A, sold ¥113.20 in February 1942[2]
  • Shinko enlarger model D, sold ¥158.60 in February 1942[3]

Notes

  1. Rorox camera pictured in McKeown, p.891.
  2. Advertisement dated February 1942, reproduced in Kokusan kamera no rekishi, p.74.
  3. Advertisement dated February 1942, reproduced in Kokusan kamera no rekishi, p.74.

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