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The Taron V18 is a variant of the Taron VR ('five'-R) rangefinder introduced by Nippon Kōsokki in 1958. While the standard VR is fitted with a Taronar F.C. 45mm/f2 or 45mm/f2.8 lens, the V18 features a faster F.C. 45mm/f1.8 lens. The Taron VR series use a Citizen MV shutter with speeds from B, 1sec to 1/500s.
The VR series was directly developed from the Taron 35 III, with remodeled top cover, but not continuing the unique rewind lever of the III series.
- See an October, 1959 ad for the Supra V18 (U.S. Camera magazine, Vol. 22, No. 10; pg. 5).