Japanese pseudo TLR (edit)
Prewar and wartime models
4.5×6 Hansa Rollette Ref | Roll Light Ref | Union Ref
4×4 Pilot Ref (4×4)
3×4 Alma Baby Ref | Baby Ref | Baby Roll Ref | Chukon Ref | Clover Baby Ref | Mario Ref | Pilot Ref | Prince Baby Ref | Truth
Postwar models
6×6 Cometflex | Dox New Six | Elliotte | Flex-O-Cord | Honestflex | Koniken | Mikono Flex C | Oplen Junior | Palma Brilliant | Rionflex | Rosko Brilliant | Topflex | Vesterflex
4.5×6 Binox | Maruso Refe
4×4 Herlight
Japanese true TLR ->
Japanese 6×6, 4.5×6, 3×4 and 4×4, 4×5 and 4×6.5 ->

The Koniken is a Japanese 6×6 pseudo TLR, made in the 1950s by an unknown company. The name of the camera is an obvious rip-off of Konica and Nikon. The only surviving example observed so far is pictured in Takasaki.[1]

Description[edit | edit source]

The body of the Koniken is much inspired by the Ricohflex III, but the camera is fixed-focus. The film is advanced by a knob on the photographer's right. The name KONIKEN is inscribed in capital letters on a nameplate in front of the viewing hood.

The shutter gives B, 25–200 speeds and is perhaps of the everset type; it is synchonized via a pin placed on the side. The viewing and taking lenses are inscribed KONIKEN ACHROMAT U.S. 1:3.5 F=80mm on the silver rim. At first glance, the diameter of the barrel and front element would fit f/3.5 lenses, but U.S. aperture 3.5 (in the Uniform Scale) actually corresponds to f/11: what looks like the front element is certainly a piece of plain glass, and the lenses are hidden behind.

Notes[edit | edit source]

  1. Example pictured in Takasaki, p.67 of Kurashikku Kamera Senka no.49.

Bibliography[edit | edit source]

This camera is not listed in Kokusan kamera no rekishi or in Sugiyama.

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