Jump to: navigation, search
This article needs photographs. You can help by adding some. See adding images for help.

Japanese Semi (4.5×6)
Prewar and wartime models (edit)
Semi Ace | Semi Adler | Adler III | Adler A | Adler B | Adler C | Semi Ako | Ami | Bakyna | Semi Chrome | Semi Clover | Collex | Semi Condor | Semi Dymos | Semi Elega | Semi First | Auto Semi First | Baby Semi First | Gaica | Semi Gelto | Semi Germa | Hansa Semi Rollette | Heil | Hokoku | Hope | Kadera | Kankyu | Kelly | Kiko Semi | Semi Kinka | Semi Konter | Semi Kreis | Semi Kulax | Semi Lead | Semi Leotax | Semi Lester | Loyal | Semi Lucky | Semi Lyra | Semi Makinet | Semi Metax | Semi Minolta (I) and II | Auto Semi Minolta | Semi Miss | Mizuho | Semi Mulber | Semi National | New Gold | Okaco | Oko Semi | Semi Olympus | Semi Olympus II | Semi Osamo | Semi Pearl | Primo | Semi Prince | Semi Proud | Semi Prux | Roavic | Semi Rody | Rondex | Semi Rosen | Semi Rotte | Seica | Seves | Semi Shiks | Sintax | Semi Sixteenth | Semi Solon | Semi Sport | Star Semi | Semi-Tex | Tsubasa Kiko Three | Tsubasa Nettar | Tsubasa Super Semi | Ugein | Vester-Lette | Victor | Waltax | Wester | Zeitax
Semi Kinsi | Lord | Lyrax | Nippon | New Olympic | Semi Olympic | Semi Renky | Auto Victor | Well Super
Sun Stereo
Semi Elka | Semi Keef | Napoleon
Postwar models ->
Japanese SLR, TLR, pseudo TLR and stereo ->
Japanese 3×4, 4×4, 4×5, 4×6.5, 6×6 and 6×9 ->

The Vester-Lette (ベスターレット) is a Japanese 4.5×6 folding camera made by Ginrei from 1937.[1]


The Vester-Lette is a vertical folding camera, with three-part folding struts inspired from the Ikonta. The folding optical finder is in the middle of the top plate, and its front part folds above the rear one. The folding bed release is to the right if the viewfinder — as seen by a photographer holding the camera horizontally — and there is no body release. There are thick film flanges at both ends of the top plate. The advance knob is at the bottom right, and there is a tripod thread at the bottom left.

The back is hinged to the left for film loading and contains two red windows at the top. It is locked by a sliding bar on the right.

The GRC logo of Ginrei is engraved on the folding struts, and the name VESTER-LETTE is embossed in the leather covering at the front.

Original documents

The camera was first announced in the May 1937 issue of Camera Club.[2] It is also featured in the new products column of the September 1937 issue of Asahi Camera, reproduced on the left.[3] The document attributes the camera to Ginrei, and mentions a Venner f/4.5 lens and a Vester 1 shutter (T, B, 25, 50, 100).[4] It also gives the price of ¥45.

Actual examples

Various surviving examples of the Vester-Lette have been observed.[5] They have an Anastigmat Venner 75mm f/4.5 lens and a Vester.1 shutter giving 200–10, B, T speeds (the range of speeds quoted in Asahi Camera was perhaps wrong). The front plate is black and is marked G.R.C. Co at the top and VESTER. 1 at the bottom.


  1. The camera is wrongly attributed to Kyokutō in Kokusan kamera no rekishi, pp.340–1, Sugiyama, item 1260, and McKeown, p.592. The Vester-Lette was perhaps confused with the Kyokutō Semi-Tex, which is described on the same page of Asahi Camera September 1937.
  2. Kokusan kamera no rekishi, pp.340–1.
  3. Column in Asahi Camera September 1937, p.524.
  4. Kokusan kamera no rekishi, pp.340–1, mistakenly says that the shutter is called Venner.
  5. Examples pictured in Sugiyama, item 1260, in this page at Itō Sadanobu's camera collection, and observed in an online auction.



In Japanese: