Sanei Sangyō K.K. (三栄産業㈱) was a Japanese camera maker. It made cameras under the Samoca brand from 1952. It was renamed to Samoca Camera K.K. (サモかカメラ㈱, Samoca Camera Co., Ltd.) in 1955. Samoca cameras and accessories were distributed by Hattori Tokei-ten at least until 1956. The company was perhaps renamed Sanei Sangyō again in 1958, and Samoca cameras are known at least until 1962.
The logo of the company consisted of AAA inside a triangle; the three "A" are certainly inspired by the company name "Sanei", which can be phonetically understood as "three A" in Japanese.
Camera list[edit | edit source]
35mm viewfinder[edit | edit source]
35mm rangefinder[edit | edit source]
- Samoca 28 and 35 RF
- Samoca 28 X and 35 X
- Samoca 35 L
- Samoca 35 LE
- Samoca 35 LE-II
- Samoca 35 M-28
- Samoca 35 M-35
- Samoca M
- Samoca MR
35mm TLR[edit | edit source]
Accessories[edit | edit source]
- Samoca light meters
- Samoca flash guns
- Samoca tripod
- Romanslide slide projectors:
|'Photo Art no.80, June 1955.||'Shashin Kōgyō April 1956.|
|Advertisements showing Samoca accessories. (Image rights)|
Notes[edit | edit source]
- Advertisements reproduced in Kokusan kamera no rekishi, p.139, show "Sanei Sangyō" in February 1955 and "Samoca Camera" in May 1955.
- Advertisements reproduced in Kokusan kamera no rekishi, pp.139 and 252.
- Attribution of the Samoca cameras in Kokusan kamera no rekishi, p.388.
- The Romanslide Z is announced as a new model in the advertisement on p.124 of Photo Art no.80, June 1955.
- Advertisement on p.124 of Photo Art no.80, June 1955, and advertisement in Shashin Kōgyō April 1956, p.237.
- Example observed in an online auction.
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.
- Photo Art rinji zōkan: Kamera akusesarī zensho (フォトアート臨時増刊・カメラアクセサリー全書, Photo Art special issue: All the camera accessories). June 1955, no.80 of the magazine. Advertisement by Hattori Tokei-ten on p.124.
- Shashin Kōgyō April 1956. Advertisement by Hattori Tokei-ten on p.237.
Links[edit | edit source]
- Samoca 35 LE, article in the February 2007 issue of Shutterbug
- Listing of Samoca cameras at orphancameras.com
- Samoca 35 at Shimamura Hideki's website
- Samoca slide projector at Info Bazar
- Samoca cameras at AEI Collectibles