Taron VL

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The Taron VL ('5'-L) is 35 mm rangefinder camera with a built-in uncoupled selenium meter, introduced in 1959 by Nippon Kōsokki. It was actually the first Taron with a lightmeter. It was available with a Taronar F.C. 45mm/f1.8 or 45mm/f2.8 lens. The VL series used a Copal SVL shutter with speeds B, 1sec to 1/500s. The VL featured an interesting idler geared rewind lever, offset to allow room for the lightmeter.

The Taron VR series, without lightmeter, used the same chassis as the VL. Both the VL and VR series were directly developed from the earlier Taron 35 III with slight differences in the chassis castings and with different running gear.


The Robin Super LM rebranded version was fitted with a Taronar F.C. 45mm/f1.9 lens.