Description[edit | edit source]
The Pigeon Six is a horizontal folder, with three-part struts inspired from the 6×6 Ikonta. The viewfinder is placed in the middle of the top plate, inside a small housing extending to the right end, as seen by the photographer. The accessory shoe and folding bed release are to the left of the viewfinder. The shutter release is at its usual location to the right. The film is advanced by a knob at the left end. The back is hinged to the right.
The shutter is a synchronized NKS (B, 1–200, self-timer), and the lens is a coated Pigeon 80/3.5.
Commercial life[edit | edit source]
The Pigeon Six was announced in Japanese magazines dated January and March 1953, and was advertised from March to May of the same year. The April advertisement in Asahi Camera, placed by Endō Kamera-ten, says that the price is "about ¥9,000" (約9,000).
No surviving example of the Pigeon Six has been observed yet.
Notes[edit | edit source]
Bibliography[edit | edit source]
- Asahi Camera (アサヒカメラ) editorial staff. Shōwa 10–40nen kōkoku ni miru kokusan kamera no rekishi (昭和10–40年広告にみる国産カメラの歴史, Japanese camera history as seen in advertisements, 1935–1965). Tokyo: Asahi Shinbunsha, 1994. ISBN 4-02-330312-7. Item 717.
- Lewis, Gordon, ed. The History of the Japanese Camera. Rochester, N.Y.: George Eastman House, International Museum of Photography & Film, 1991. ISBN 0-935398-17-1 (paper), ISBN 0-935398-16-3 (hard). Pp.82–3 (brief mention only).
The Pigeon Six is not listed in Sugiyama.