FANDOM


m (wiki table for the picture)
m (Links)
 
(10 intermediate revisions by one user not shown)
Line 1: Line 1:
{{Japanese Semi postwar|image=[http://www.flickr.com/photos/mech_for_i/189875584/in/pool-camerapedia/ http://static.flickr.com/55/189875584_cd630d8772_m_d.jpg]<br>''Picture by Mech_for_i. {{creative commons}}''}}
+
{{Japanese Semi postwar
  +
|image=[http://www.flickr.com/photos/mech_for_i/189875584/in/pool-camerapedia/ http://static.flickr.com/55/189875584_cd630d8772_m_d.jpg]<br>''Picture by Mech_for_i. {{creative commons}}''
  +
}}
 
The name '''Pearl''' was given by [[Konica|Konishiroku]] (the later Konica) to many models of rollfilm folders. This article deals with the Pearl (I), II and III made from 1949 in 4.5×6cm format, successors of the [[Semi Pearl]]. These were replaced in 1958 by the ephemeral [[Pearl IV]], which has a completely different construction.
 
The name '''Pearl''' was given by [[Konica|Konishiroku]] (the later Konica) to many models of rollfilm folders. This article deals with the Pearl (I), II and III made from 1949 in 4.5×6cm format, successors of the [[Semi Pearl]]. These were replaced in 1958 by the ephemeral [[Pearl IV]], which has a completely different construction.
   
Line 8: Line 8:
   
 
== Pearl and Pearl RS, with uncoupled rangefinder ==
 
== Pearl and Pearl RS, with uncoupled rangefinder ==
The '''Pearl''' (in retrospect '''Pearl I''', first half of 1949<ref> Miyazaki, p.183, says March 1949, while Tanimura, "Pāru II", says April 1949. {{Kokusan}}, p.358, says that the Pearl was tested in the August 1949 issues of {{AR}} and ''[[Kōga Gekkan]].'' </ref>) has the same basic body as the [[Semi Pearl]], with a top housing (simply inscribed "Pearl") for a viewfinder and an uncoupled rangefinder. The rangefinder is set by a knob above the top housing, and the distance read must be transfered by the user to the distance scale of the lens. Film advance is still by key. The back has only one red window and is similar to the last examples of the [[Semi Pearl]]. The camera retains the Hexar–Durax combination of the Semi Pearl, but now the Hexar lens is coated. There is still no flash synchronization.<ref>Tanaka, "Nihon no supuringu-kamera: Konishiroku", p.60. For this and subsequent models: ''Konika-Minoruta-ten,'' p.8.</ref> Presumably "Semi" was dropped from the name in view of the unlikeliness of a revival of any 6×9 folder (the [[Pearl (6×9 self-erecting)|prewar 6×9 Pearl]] had been rather unusual among Japanese cameras even when new, and even a modernized successor would probably have struck most photographers in 1949 as a bulky extravagance); the disappearance of the [[Baby Pearl]] may have been another factor.
+
The '''Pearl''' (in retrospect '''Pearl I''', first half of 1949<ref> Miyazaki, p.183, says March 1949, while Tanimura, "Pāru II", says April 1949. {{Kokusan}}, p.358, says that the Pearl was tested in the August 1949 issues of {{AR}} and ''[[Kōga Gekkan]].'' </ref>) has the same basic body as the [[Semi Pearl]], with a top housing (simply inscribed "Pearl") for a viewfinder and an uncoupled rangefinder. The rangefinder is set by a knob above the top housing, and the distance read must be transfered by the user to the distance scale of the lens. Film advance is still by key. The back has only one red window and is similar to the last examples of the [[Semi Pearl]]. The camera retains the combination of a coated [[Hexar lenses|Hexar]] 75mm f/4.5 lens and a [[Durax]] shutter (1–100, B, T) found on the [[Semi Pearl]]. There is still no flash synchronization.<ref>Tanaka, "Nihon no supuringu-kamera: Konishiroku", p.60. For this and subsequent models: ''Konika-Minoruta-ten,'' p.8.</ref> Presumably "Semi" was dropped from the name in view of the unlikeliness of a revival of any 6×9 folder (the [[Pearl (6×9 self-erecting)|prewar 6×9 Pearl]] had been rather unusual among Japanese cameras even when new, and even a modernized successor would probably have struck most photographers in 1949 as a bulky extravagance); the disappearance of the [[Baby Pearl]] may have been another factor.
   
 
The '''Pearl RS''' (in retrospect '''Pearl I RS''', but also simply inscribed "Pearl"; late 1950<ref> Tanimura, "Pāru II", and Miyazaki, p.128, both say October 1950. {{Kokusan}}, p.358, says that the Pearl RS and Pearl II are mentioned together in the November 1950 issue of ''Asahi Camera''. The earliest advertisement is dated January 1951. </ref>) has a Konirapid-S shutter (B, 1–500) with Kodak-type flash synchronization. An accessory shoe is added at the top right of the camera (as seen by a photographer holding it horizontally), the back latch is modified and the strap has disappeared.<ref>Tanaka, "Nihon no supuringu-kamera: Konishiroku", pp.60–1; Uchida, "Hekisā 75mm no shikaku.</ref> The price in 1951 was {{yen|14,850|1951}}.<ref> Advertisement for the Pearl RS and Pearl II published in the January 1951 issue of ''[[Camera Fan]],'' reproduced in {{Kokusan}}, p.160. </ref>
 
The '''Pearl RS''' (in retrospect '''Pearl I RS''', but also simply inscribed "Pearl"; late 1950<ref> Tanimura, "Pāru II", and Miyazaki, p.128, both say October 1950. {{Kokusan}}, p.358, says that the Pearl RS and Pearl II are mentioned together in the November 1950 issue of ''Asahi Camera''. The earliest advertisement is dated January 1951. </ref>) has a Konirapid-S shutter (B, 1–500) with Kodak-type flash synchronization. An accessory shoe is added at the top right of the camera (as seen by a photographer holding it horizontally), the back latch is modified and the strap has disappeared.<ref>Tanaka, "Nihon no supuringu-kamera: Konishiroku", pp.60–1; Uchida, "Hekisā 75mm no shikaku.</ref> The price in 1951 was {{yen|14,850|1951}}.<ref> Advertisement for the Pearl RS and Pearl II published in the January 1951 issue of ''[[Camera Fan]],'' reproduced in {{Kokusan}}, p.160. </ref>
Line 36: Line 36:
 
The '''Pearl II''' was released together with the Pearl RS and maybe sold a little after;<ref> Miyazaki, p.128, says that the Pearl II and Pearl RS were released in October 1950, but gives January 1951 for the Pearl II on p.183. {{Kokusan}}, p.358, says that the Pearl RS and Pearl II were mentioned together in the November 1950 issue of {{ACA}}. The earliest advertisement is dated January 1951. It is reproduced in {{Kokusan}}, p.160, and shows a price for the Pearl RS but not for the Pearl II. Uchida, "Konpakuto na Pāru RS", says that the Pearl II was released in 1951, the year after the Pearl RS. </ref> it is the same camera with a coupled rangefinder and inscribed ''Pearl II'' on the top housing. The focusing tab is modified and the focusing scale has disappeared from the front assembly. It is replaced by a rotating disc that shows the distance against a simple depth-of-field scale, placed under a window in the top housing, where the uncoupled model has a focusing knob for the rangefinder. In 1952<ref> Miyazaki, p.183, says April 1952. {{Kokusan}}, p.358, says that the f/3.5 lens is first advertised in the November 1952 issue of ''Asahi Camera''. </ref> an f/3.5 Hexar option ({{yen|30,150|1953}}) was added to the standard f/4.5 Hexar ({{yen|26,650|1953}}). With the f/4.5 lens, the camera's dimensions open are 120×100×92mm (43mm closed); it weighs 580g.<ref> Tanaka, "Nihon no supuringu-kamera: Konishiroku", pp.60–61; Tanimura, "Pāru II." </ref>
 
The '''Pearl II''' was released together with the Pearl RS and maybe sold a little after;<ref> Miyazaki, p.128, says that the Pearl II and Pearl RS were released in October 1950, but gives January 1951 for the Pearl II on p.183. {{Kokusan}}, p.358, says that the Pearl RS and Pearl II were mentioned together in the November 1950 issue of {{ACA}}. The earliest advertisement is dated January 1951. It is reproduced in {{Kokusan}}, p.160, and shows a price for the Pearl RS but not for the Pearl II. Uchida, "Konpakuto na Pāru RS", says that the Pearl II was released in 1951, the year after the Pearl RS. </ref> it is the same camera with a coupled rangefinder and inscribed ''Pearl II'' on the top housing. The focusing tab is modified and the focusing scale has disappeared from the front assembly. It is replaced by a rotating disc that shows the distance against a simple depth-of-field scale, placed under a window in the top housing, where the uncoupled model has a focusing knob for the rangefinder. In 1952<ref> Miyazaki, p.183, says April 1952. {{Kokusan}}, p.358, says that the f/3.5 lens is first advertised in the November 1952 issue of ''Asahi Camera''. </ref> an f/3.5 Hexar option ({{yen|30,150|1953}}) was added to the standard f/4.5 Hexar ({{yen|26,650|1953}}). With the f/4.5 lens, the camera's dimensions open are 120×100×92mm (43mm closed); it weighs 580g.<ref> Tanaka, "Nihon no supuringu-kamera: Konishiroku", pp.60–61; Tanimura, "Pāru II." </ref>
   
In response to increasing competition from 35mm cameras, the '''Pearl IIB''' (still engraved ''Pearl II'') was released in mid-1955<ref> Miyazaki, p.183, says April 1955. {{Kokusan}}, p.358, says that the Pearl IIB was reviewed in the issues dated July or August 1955 of many Japanese magazines. The first advertisements are dated August 1955. </ref> as a cheaper ({{yen|23,500|1955}}) alternative to the <!-- presumably f/3.5 -->II ({{yen|30,150|1955}}). It retains the f/3.5 Hexar lens but the shutter is a Durax-S (top speed 1/400) and the focusing scale is back to the front assembly. There is still a depth-of-field scale above the top housing, but it must be turned manually. The Pearl IIB has one innovation: a PC rather than Kodak flash terminal.<ref>Tanaka, "Nihon no supuringu-kamera: Konishiroku", pp.60–61.</ref> (At least one example of the Pearl II has been observed with this feature.)
+
In response to increasing competition from 35mm cameras, the '''Pearl IIB''' (still engraved ''Pearl II'') was released in mid-1955<ref> Miyazaki, p.183, says April 1955. {{Kokusan}}, p.358, says that the Pearl IIB was reviewed in the issues dated July or August 1955 of many Japanese magazines. The first advertisements are dated August 1955. </ref> as a cheaper ({{yen|23,500|1955}}) alternative to the <!-- presumably f/3.5 -->II ({{yen|30,150|1955}}). It retains the f/3.5 Hexar lens but the shutter is a [[Durax|Durax-S]] (top speed 1/400) and the focusing scale is back to the front assembly. There is still a depth-of-field scale above the top housing, but it must be turned manually. The Pearl IIB has one innovation: a PC rather than Kodak flash terminal.<ref>Tanaka, "Nihon no supuringu-kamera: Konishiroku", pp.60–61.</ref> (At least one example of the Pearl II has been observed with this feature.)
   
 
== Pearl III, with auto-stop advance ==
 
== Pearl III, with auto-stop advance ==
Line 52: Line 52:
 
The Pearl III was succeeded in December 1958 by the [[Pearl IV]], which is a radical redesign of the original concept.
 
The Pearl III was succeeded in December 1958 by the [[Pearl IV]], which is a radical redesign of the original concept.
   
==Notes==
+
== Notes ==
 
<references />
 
<references />
   
 
== Sources and further reading ==
 
== Sources and further reading ==
* {{Showa10}} Items 169, 675–9, 1440–43. (See also the advertisement for item 168 and the picture on p.&nbsp;20.)
+
* {{Showa10}} Items 676–9 and 1440–42. (See also the picture on p.20.)
 
* Iwama Tomohisa (岩間倶久). ''Atarashii Pāru no tsukaikata'' (新しいパールの使い方). Tokyo: Amico, 1956.<!-- Not seen -->
 
* Iwama Tomohisa (岩間倶久). ''Atarashii Pāru no tsukaikata'' (新しいパールの使い方). Tokyo: Amico, 1956.<!-- Not seen -->
 
* Kawamata Masataku (川又正卓). "Konishiroku Pāru III" (小西六パールIII, Konishiroku Pearl III). ''Supuringu kamera de ikō: Zen 69 kishu no tsukaikata to jissha sakurei'' (スプリングカメラでいこう: 全69機種の使い方と実写作例, Let's try spring cameras: The use of and actual examples from 69 machines). Tokyo: Shashinkogyo Syuppan-sha<!--yes, this is how it writes its name in roomaji-->, 2004. ISBN 4879560723 Pp.98–9. About the Pearl IIIL.
 
* Kawamata Masataku (川又正卓). "Konishiroku Pāru III" (小西六パールIII, Konishiroku Pearl III). ''Supuringu kamera de ikō: Zen 69 kishu no tsukaikata to jissha sakurei'' (スプリングカメラでいこう: 全69機種の使い方と実写作例, Let's try spring cameras: The use of and actual examples from 69 machines). Tokyo: Shashinkogyo Syuppan-sha<!--yes, this is how it writes its name in roomaji-->, 2004. ISBN 4879560723 Pp.98–9. About the Pearl IIIL.
 
* ''Konika-Minoruta-ten'' (コニカミノルタ展, Konica Minolta exhibition). Exhibition catalogue. Tokyo: JCII Camera Museum, 2005.
 
* ''Konika-Minoruta-ten'' (コニカミノルタ展, Konica Minolta exhibition). Exhibition catalogue. Tokyo: JCII Camera Museum, 2005.
* ''Konishiroku Kamera no Rekishi'' (小西六カメラの歴史, History of Konishiroku cameras), vol. 10 (Autumn 1985 issue) of ''Kamera Rebyū Bessatsu: Kurashikku Kamera Senka'' / ''All about Historical Cameras.''<!-- Not seen. Source of info: http://www.kanroshobo.com/KANROKANRO/CLACAMESENKA/clacame6-10.html -->
+
* {{KKS010}}<!-- Not used yet -->
* {{Lewis}}
+
* {{Lewis}} Pp.67–8, 74 and 92.
* {{McKeown12}} Pp.544–5.
+
* {{McKeown12}} P.544.
 
* Miki Akira (三木旺). ''Pāru no tsukaikata'' (パールの使い方). Tokyo: Amico.<!-- Not seen -->
 
* Miki Akira (三木旺). ''Pāru no tsukaikata'' (パールの使い方). Tokyo: Amico.<!-- Not seen -->
 
* Miyazaki Shigemoto (宮崎繁幹). ''Konika kamera no 50nen: Konika I-gata kara Hekisā RF e'' (コニカカメラの50年:コニカI型からヘキサーRFへ, Fifty years of Konica cameras: From the Konica I to the Hexar RF). Tokyo: Asahi Sonorama, 2003. ISBN 4-257-12038-X.
 
* Miyazaki Shigemoto (宮崎繁幹). ''Konika kamera no 50nen: Konika I-gata kara Hekisā RF e'' (コニカカメラの50年:コニカI型からヘキサーRFへ, Fifty years of Konica cameras: From the Konica I to the Hexar RF). Tokyo: Asahi Sonorama, 2003. ISBN 4-257-12038-X.
Line 70: Line 70:
 
* Tanimura Yoshihiko (谷村吉彦). "Dentō aru kyorikei-rendō semi-han supuringu kamera Pāru II" (伝統ある距離計連動セミ判スプリングカメラ:パールII, A coupled-rangefinder 4.5×6 spring camera with tradition: The Pearl II). {{KKS035}} P.63.
 
* Tanimura Yoshihiko (谷村吉彦). "Dentō aru kyorikei-rendō semi-han supuringu kamera Pāru II" (伝統ある距離計連動セミ判スプリングカメラ:パールII, A coupled-rangefinder 4.5×6 spring camera with tradition: The Pearl II). {{KKS035}} P.63.
 
* Uchida Yasuo (内田康男). "Hekisā 75mm no shikaku ni osamatta sangaku-shashin: Konpakuto na Pāru RS" (ヘキサー75mmの視角に収まった山岳写真: コンパクトなパールRS, Mountain photography from the perspective of a 75mm Hexar: The compact Pearl RS). {{KKS076}} Pp.32–5.
 
* Uchida Yasuo (内田康男). "Hekisā 75mm no shikaku ni osamatta sangaku-shashin: Konpakuto na Pāru RS" (ヘキサー75mmの視角に収まった山岳写真: コンパクトなパールRS, Mountain photography from the perspective of a 75mm Hexar: The compact Pearl RS). {{KKS076}} Pp.32–5.
* Yazawa Seiichirō (矢沢征一郎). "Renzu no hanashi (164) Konitā" (レンズの話[164]コニター, Lens story [164] Konitor). In {{CCN}} no.254 (August 1998). Nishinomiya: Camera Collectors News-sha. Pp.13–6.
+
* Yazawa Seiichirō (矢沢征一郎). "Renzu no hanashi (164) Konitā" (レンズの話[164]コニター, Lens story [164] Konitor). In {{CCN}} no.254 (August 1998). Nishinomiya: Camera Collectors News-sha. Pp.13–6. (On the outsourcing of the auto-stop mechanism of the Pearl III to Aram.)
   
 
== Links ==
 
== Links ==
 
In English:
 
In English:
* [http://www.geocities.com/antjam65/Pearl.html Pearl RS & II] by Anthony, aka antjam65, at [http://www.geocities.com/antjam65/index.html his photo website]
+
* [http://arukucamera.net/Pearl.html Pearl RS & II] by Anthony, at [http://arukucamera.net/ his photo website]
* [http://www.cosmonet.org/camera/pearl_e.htm Pearl IIB and IV] at [http://www.cosmonet.org/camera/index_e.html The Classic Camera]
+
* [http://www.cosmonet.org/camera/pearl_e.htm Pearl IIB] at [http://www.cosmonet.org/camera/index_e.html The Classic Camera]
* Sales by [http://www.westlicht-auction.com/ Westlicht Photographica Auction]:
+
* [http://www.westlicht-auction.com/index.php?id=25200&acat=25200&offset=1&_ssl=off Pearl II and IIB], lots no.655–6 of [http://www.westlicht-auction.com/index.php?id=25111&_ssl=off&lang=3 auction no.6 (6 November 2004)] by [http://www.westlicht-auction.com/ Westlicht Photographica Auction]
** [http://www.westlicht-auction.com/index.php?id=25200&acat=25200&offset=1&_ssl=off Pearl II, Pearl IIB and Semi Pearl], lots no.655–7 of [http://www.westlicht-auction.com/index.php?id=25111&_ssl=off&lang=3 auction no.6 (6 November 2004)]
 
** [http://www.westlicht-auction.com/index.php?id=54425&acat=54425&_ssl=off Pearl IV], lot no.791 of [http://www.westlicht-auction.com/index.php?id=54384&_ssl=off&lang=3 auction no.9 (20 May 2006)]
 
 
In Japanese:
 
In Japanese:
* [http://ha1.seikyou.ne.jp/home/sarusuberi/konica.htm Semi Pearl] within a Konica page at [http://ha1.seikyou.ne.jp/home/sarusuberi/ Sarusuberi]
+
* [http://ca.konicaminolta.jp/history/konica/1940/1949.html Pearl I] and [http://ca.konicaminolta.jp/history/konica/1950/1951.html Pearl II] in the official [http://ca.konicaminolta.jp/history/index.html Konica Minolta camera history site] (copied in [http://navi.kitamura.jp/camera/0000001305.html this page] and [http://navi.kitamura.jp/camera/0000001304.html this page] of the Kitamura Camera Museum)
* [http://mutohide.ddo.jp/etccam/semipeal.html Semi Pearl overhaul] at [http://mutohide.ddo.jp/index.html Handmade and Classic Camera]
+
* [http://www7a.biglobe.ne.jp/~zeppan_tousan/col4/col4.cgi?mode=main&no=121 Pearl I] in the [http://www7a.biglobe.ne.jp/~zeppan_tousan/ Zeppan Tōsan photo site] (incorporating [http://www7a.biglobe.ne.jp/~zeppan_tousan/col4/coldata/121.jpg this photograph]). If the link does not work, go to the [http://www7a.biglobe.ne.jp/~zeppan_tousan/ main site], follow the link marked "武器庫" in the page menu, and search for "パールI" in the left menu
* [http://dorus.blog21.fc2.com/blog-category-18.html Semi Pearl] with sample pictures at [http://dorus.blog21.fc2.com/ Doru's blog]
+
* [http://tomshome.sakura.ne.jp/others/konica/pearl1.html Restoration of a Pearl I] at [http://tomshome.sakura.ne.jp/ ME Fukkatsu Ōjō]
* [http://ca.konicaminolta.jp/oldnew/konica/1940/1949.html Pearl I] and [http://ca.konicaminolta.jp/oldnew/konica/1950/1951.html Pearl II] at [http://ca.konicaminolta.jp/oldnew/index.html Konica Minolta "old and new"] (copied in [http://navi.kitamura.jp/maker/maker.do?cmd=maker&makerId=6&startYear=1971 this page of the Kitamura Camera Museum])
+
<!-- dead link: * [http://hunmut.c-get.ne.jp/camera/pearlI/photos1.htm Pearl RS] at [http://hunmut.c-get.ne.jp/camera/index.htm Yukara's site] -->
* [http://www7a.biglobe.ne.jp/~zeppan_tousan/col4/col4.cgi?mode=main&no=121 Pearl I] in the [http://www7a.biglobe.ne.jp/~zeppan_tousan/ Zeppan Tōsan photo site] (incorporating [http://www7a.biglobe.ne.jp/~zeppan_tousan/col4/coldata/121.jpg this photograph]). If the link does not work, go to the [http://www7a.biglobe.ne.jp/~zeppan_tousan/ Zeppan Tōsan photo site], follow the link marked "武器庫" in the page menu, and then the link marked "小西六 パールI" in the "next" menu
+
* [http://asahide.zdap.jp/hcla02/htakaz02.htm Pearl RS] at [http://asahide.zdap.jp/ Nagoya's Camera Club]
* [http://hunmut.c-get.ne.jp/camera/pearlI/photos1.htm Pearl RS] at [http://hunmut.c-get.ne.jp/camera/index.htm Yukara's site]
 
* [http://asahide.zdap.jp/hcla02/htakaz02.htm Pearl RS] at [http://www.infocam.co.kr/ infocam.co.kr]
 
 
* [http://kans1948.zero-yen.com/html/p155.html Restoration of a Pearl RS] at [http://kans1948.zero-yen.com/ Kan's Room]
 
* [http://kans1948.zero-yen.com/html/p155.html Restoration of a Pearl RS] at [http://kans1948.zero-yen.com/ Kan's Room]
 
* [http://doojigger.way-nifty.com/doojigger/2005/06/post_c046.html Pearl II] in the [http://doojigger.way-nifty.com/doojigger/ Damono Suki blog]
 
* [http://doojigger.way-nifty.com/doojigger/2005/06/post_c046.html Pearl II] in the [http://doojigger.way-nifty.com/doojigger/ Damono Suki blog]
 
* [http://www.hat.hi-ho.ne.jp/m-bon/camera/camera_135.html Pearl II] at [http://www.hat.hi-ho.ne.jp/m-bon/index.html Bon's Homepage]
 
* [http://www.hat.hi-ho.ne.jp/m-bon/camera/camera_135.html Pearl II] at [http://www.hat.hi-ho.ne.jp/m-bon/index.html Bon's Homepage]
* [http://www.k3.dion.ne.jp/~kosaka/konica.html Pearl II, III and IV within a Konishiroku page] at [http://www.k3.dion.ne.jp/~kosaka/fotoaprt1.html Yume o hakobu shashinki]
+
* [http://www.k3.dion.ne.jp/~kosaka/konica.html Pearl II and III] within a Konishiroku page at [http://www.k3.dion.ne.jp/~kosaka/fotoaprt1.html Yume o hakobu shashinki]
* [http://www3.kiy.jp/%7Edaddy/pearl3/pearl.html Pearl II] (with sample photos) at [http://www7.ocn.ne.jp/~puppy/ Puppy's Island]
+
<!-- dead link: * [http://www3.kiy.jp/%7Edaddy/pearl3/pearl.html Pearl II] (with sample photos) at [http://www7.ocn.ne.jp/~puppy/ Puppy's Island] -->
 
* [http://bin2001.hp.infoseek.co.jp/pearl2/pearl2.htm Pearl II] at [http://bin2001.hp.infoseek.co.jp/ Doraku Oyaji no Kamera Koheya]
 
* [http://bin2001.hp.infoseek.co.jp/pearl2/pearl2.htm Pearl II] at [http://bin2001.hp.infoseek.co.jp/ Doraku Oyaji no Kamera Koheya]
 
* Pearl II in a [http://www013.upp.so-net.ne.jp/kima-ps/6hobby5.html page of classic cameras] at [http://www013.upp.so-net.ne.jp/kima-ps/ Kimata Photo Studio]
 
* Pearl II in a [http://www013.upp.so-net.ne.jp/kima-ps/6hobby5.html page of classic cameras] at [http://www013.upp.so-net.ne.jp/kima-ps/ Kimata Photo Studio]
* [http://kochi-med.net/moto/camera/camera_repair/konishiroku_pearl2/index.htm Restoration of a Pearl II] at [http://ns.kochi-med.net/moto/camera/ Shiroto shashinki shūri kōbō]
+
* [http://kochi-med.net/moto/camera/camera_repair/konishiroku_pearl2/index.htm Restoration of a Pearl II], [http://ns.kochi-med.net/moto/camera/camera_repair/konishiroku_pearl3/ restoration] and [http://ns.kochi-med.net/moto/camera/camera_repair/konishiroku_pearl3/photo/index.htm sample photos] from a Pearl III at [http://ns.kochi-med.net/moto/camera/ Shiroto shashinki shūri kōbō]
* [http://www.cosmonet.org/camera/pearl.htm Pearl family], with pictures of the Pearl IIB, III and IV, at [http://www.cosmonet.org/camera/ The Classic Camera]
+
* [http://www.cosmonet.org/camera/pearl.htm Pearl family], with pictures of the Pearl IIB and III, at [http://www.cosmonet.org/camera/ The Classic Camera]
 
* [http://wave.ap.teacup.com/gacha/336.html Pearl III] at [http://wave.ap.teacup.com/gacha/ Gacha's Box]
 
* [http://wave.ap.teacup.com/gacha/336.html Pearl III] at [http://wave.ap.teacup.com/gacha/ Gacha's Box]
* [http://mtakigawa.exblog.jp/i7 Pearl III] (photo and short comment only) at [http://mtakigawa.exblog.jp/ Kurakame to dejikame monokuro]
+
<!-- dead link: * [http://mtakigawa.exblog.jp/i7 Pearl III] (photo and short comment only) at [http://mtakigawa.exblog.jp/ Kurakame to dejikame monokuro] -->
 
* Pearl III in the [http://www.jmcy.co.jp/goto/yamada/Y061021/P001_099.html first page] of the [http://www.jmcy.co.jp/goto/yamada/ Yamada Camera Museum]
 
* Pearl III in the [http://www.jmcy.co.jp/goto/yamada/Y061021/P001_099.html first page] of the [http://www.jmcy.co.jp/goto/yamada/ Yamada Camera Museum]
* [http://ns.kochi-med.net/moto/camera/camera_repair/konishiroku_pearl3/ Restoration] and [http://ns.kochi-med.net/moto/camera/camera_repair/konishiroku_pearl3/photo/index.htm sample photos] from a Pearl III at [http://ns.kochi-med.net/moto/camera/ Shiroto shashinki shūri kōbō]
 
* [http://www.hayatacamera.co.jp/article/photo200705.html Pearl IV] and [http://www.hayatacamera.co.jp/article/photo200705-cam.html more pictures] at [http://www.hayatacamera.co.jp/index.html Hayata Camera Laboratory]
 
   
 
{{Konishiroku prewar and wartime}}
 
 
[[Category: Japanese 4.5x6 viewfinder folding]]
 
 
[[Category: Japanese 4.5x6 rangefinder folding]]
 
[[Category: Japanese 4.5x6 rangefinder folding]]
 
[[Category: Konica]]
 
[[Category: Konica]]
 
[[Category: P]]
 
[[Category: P]]
[[Category: 1938]]
 

Latest revision as of 23:20, April 11, 2010

Japanese Semi (4.5×6)
Postwar models (edit)
folding
Apollo | Semi Blond | Semi Crystar | Daido Semi | Doris | Semi Frank | Semi Gelto | Semi Golder | Karoron | Karoron RF | Kely | Kiko Semi | Korin | Kuri | BB Kuri | Lark | Semi Leotax | Semi Leotax DL / R | Lo Ruby | Semi Lord | Luck | Semi Lyra | Semi Masmy | Middl 120 | Semi Mihama | Mikado | Million Proud | Semi Minolta III | Semi Minolta P | Semi Oscon | Semi Pearl | Pearl I–III | Pearl IV | Petri | Petri RF | Petri Super | Pioneer | Semi Proud | Semi Rocket | Rocky Semi | Rosen | Ruby | Shinkoh Rabbit | Semi Sport | Tsubasa Semi | Union Semi | Union Model U | Walcon Semi | Waltax | Semi Wester | Zenobia
rigid or collapsible
Semi Dak | Semi Hobix | Super Semi Plum | Rocket Camera | Tomy
Prewar and wartime models ->
Japanese SLR, TLR, pseudo TLR and stereo models ->
Japanese 3×4 and 4×4, 4×5 and 4×6.5, 4.5×6 and older 6×9 ->

The name Pearl was given by Konishiroku (the later Konica) to many models of rollfilm folders. This article deals with the Pearl (I), II and III made from 1949 in 4.5×6cm format, successors of the Semi Pearl. These were replaced in 1958 by the ephemeral Pearl IV, which has a completely different construction.

Other articles deal with the early models for plates and rollfilm, the Pearl No.2, self-erecting 6×9 Pearl, and the Baby Pearl and Pearlette cameras (both using 127 film).

Operation Edit

All these Pearl models share a design quirk that is likely to confuse somebody who is moderately accustomed to other folders but is new to any in this particular line. What are obviously the shutter-release button at the top of the body and the door-opening button at the top of the door are in fact the reverse of what they seem: the photographer opens the door with the button on the top plate or top housing, and releases the shutter with the button on the opened door.

Pearl and Pearl RS, with uncoupled rangefinder Edit

The Pearl (in retrospect Pearl I, first half of 1949[1]) has the same basic body as the Semi Pearl, with a top housing (simply inscribed "Pearl") for a viewfinder and an uncoupled rangefinder. The rangefinder is set by a knob above the top housing, and the distance read must be transfered by the user to the distance scale of the lens. Film advance is still by key. The back has only one red window and is similar to the last examples of the Semi Pearl. The camera retains the combination of a coated Hexar 75mm f/4.5 lens and a Durax shutter (1–100, B, T) found on the Semi Pearl. There is still no flash synchronization.[2] Presumably "Semi" was dropped from the name in view of the unlikeliness of a revival of any 6×9 folder (the prewar 6×9 Pearl had been rather unusual among Japanese cameras even when new, and even a modernized successor would probably have struck most photographers in 1949 as a bulky extravagance); the disappearance of the Baby Pearl may have been another factor.

The Pearl RS (in retrospect Pearl I RS, but also simply inscribed "Pearl"; late 1950[3]) has a Konirapid-S shutter (B, 1–500) with Kodak-type flash synchronization. An accessory shoe is added at the top right of the camera (as seen by a photographer holding it horizontally), the back latch is modified and the strap has disappeared.[4] The price in 1951 was ¥14,850.[5]

Pearl II and IIB, with coupled rangefinder Edit

The Pearl II was released together with the Pearl RS and maybe sold a little after;[6] it is the same camera with a coupled rangefinder and inscribed Pearl II on the top housing. The focusing tab is modified and the focusing scale has disappeared from the front assembly. It is replaced by a rotating disc that shows the distance against a simple depth-of-field scale, placed under a window in the top housing, where the uncoupled model has a focusing knob for the rangefinder. In 1952[7] an f/3.5 Hexar option (¥30,150) was added to the standard f/4.5 Hexar (¥26,650). With the f/4.5 lens, the camera's dimensions open are 120×100×92mm (43mm closed); it weighs 580g.[8]

In response to increasing competition from 35mm cameras, the Pearl IIB (still engraved Pearl II) was released in mid-1955[9] as a cheaper (¥23,500) alternative to the II (¥30,150). It retains the f/3.5 Hexar lens but the shutter is a Durax-S (top speed 1/400) and the focusing scale is back to the front assembly. There is still a depth-of-field scale above the top housing, but it must be turned manually. The Pearl IIB has one innovation: a PC rather than Kodak flash terminal.[10] (At least one example of the Pearl II has been observed with this feature.)

Pearl III, with auto-stop advance Edit

The Pearl III (late 1955[11], inscribed Pearl III above the top housing) adds "semi-automatic" (auto-stop) film advance: once the "start" line on the backup paper is lined up with a dot on the film rail, the camera calculates how far the photographer may wind the film before each exposure. The red window accordingly disappears from the film back. An advance knob replaces the advance key of the previous models, it contains a manually reset exposure counter. The auto-stop mechanism was designed by Nakagawa Kenzō and supplied to Konishiroku by his company Aram Kōgaku, at a pace of 2,000 units per month.[12]

The Pearl III also substitutes a film-reminder dial (color, panchromatic, etc., as well as speed) for the distance and depth-of-field dial of the II. It retains the Konirapid S shutter of the II but has the PC flash terminal of the IIB. The lens is the Hexar f/3.5, except for a few examples said to be fitted with a three-element Konitor lens, certainly the same 75mm f/3.5 as on the Aram Six. The focusing ring is fitted with a concave tab and a depth-of-field scale.[13]

There are two later variants, which are also simply inscribed Pearl III and must be distinguished by looking at the lens. The Pearl IIIMX (1956[14]) replaces the Konirapid S with a Seikosha-MX shutter. This adds X synchronization for electronic flash, becoming popular at around this time. In a time of increased competition in the industry, companies such as Konishiroku that had previously produced shutters for their own cameras found it more economical to buy them in from either Seikosha or Copal.[15] The Hexar lens on this model has a seven-digit serial number and is said to be an improved model (maybe recomputed).[16] The Pearl IIIL (1957[17]) has two further innovations: a Seikosha-MXL shutter, using the light-value system, and a new amber coating for the lens.[18] When closed, the IIIL has the same dimensions as the II, and weighs 600g.[19]

The Pearl III was succeeded in December 1958 by the Pearl IV, which is a radical redesign of the original concept.

Notes Edit

  1. Miyazaki, p.183, says March 1949, while Tanimura, "Pāru II", says April 1949. Kokusan kamera no rekishi, p.358, says that the Pearl was tested in the August 1949 issues of Ars Camera and Kōga Gekkan.
  2. Tanaka, "Nihon no supuringu-kamera: Konishiroku", p.60. For this and subsequent models: Konika-Minoruta-ten, p.8.
  3. Tanimura, "Pāru II", and Miyazaki, p.128, both say October 1950. Kokusan kamera no rekishi, p.358, says that the Pearl RS and Pearl II are mentioned together in the November 1950 issue of Asahi Camera. The earliest advertisement is dated January 1951.
  4. Tanaka, "Nihon no supuringu-kamera: Konishiroku", pp.60–1; Uchida, "Hekisā 75mm no shikaku.
  5. Advertisement for the Pearl RS and Pearl II published in the January 1951 issue of Camera Fan, reproduced in Kokusan kamera no rekishi, p.160.
  6. Miyazaki, p.128, says that the Pearl II and Pearl RS were released in October 1950, but gives January 1951 for the Pearl II on p.183. Kokusan kamera no rekishi, p.358, says that the Pearl RS and Pearl II were mentioned together in the November 1950 issue of Asahi Camera. The earliest advertisement is dated January 1951. It is reproduced in Kokusan kamera no rekishi, p.160, and shows a price for the Pearl RS but not for the Pearl II. Uchida, "Konpakuto na Pāru RS", says that the Pearl II was released in 1951, the year after the Pearl RS.
  7. Miyazaki, p.183, says April 1952. Kokusan kamera no rekishi, p.358, says that the f/3.5 lens is first advertised in the November 1952 issue of Asahi Camera.
  8. Tanaka, "Nihon no supuringu-kamera: Konishiroku", pp.60–61; Tanimura, "Pāru II."
  9. Miyazaki, p.183, says April 1955. Kokusan kamera no rekishi, p.358, says that the Pearl IIB was reviewed in the issues dated July or August 1955 of many Japanese magazines. The first advertisements are dated August 1955.
  10. Tanaka, "Nihon no supuringu-kamera: Konishiroku", pp.60–61.
  11. Miyazaki, p.183, says December 1955. Kokusan kamera no rekishi, p.395, says that the first mention in Japanese magazines was in January 1951 issues.
  12. Sugiyama, p.76; Yazawa, p.13 of Camera Collectors' News no.254.
  13. Miyazaki, Konika kamera no 50nen, p.129 (the source for examples with Konitor lenses); Tanaka, "Nihon no supuringu-kamera: Konishiroku", p.61. All Konitor lenses have three elements, see Yazawa in Camera Collectors' News no.254.
  14. Kokusan kamera no rekishi, p.395, says that it was featured in the new products column of the May 1956 issue of Camera Mainichi.
  15. Tanaka, "Nihon no supuringu-kamera: Konishiroku", p.61.
  16. Miyazaki, p.131.
  17. Kokusan kamera no rekishi, p.395, says that it was featured in the new products column of the June 1957 issue of Nippon Camera.
  18. Miyazaki, Konika kamera no 50nen, p.129; Tanaka, "Nihon no supuringu-kamera: Konishiroku", p.61.
  19. Kawamata, p.98.

Sources and further reading Edit

Links Edit

In English:

In Japanese:

Community content is available under GFDL unless otherwise noted.