The Special East is a Japanese 6.5×9cm plate folder, distributed by Sone Shunsuidō in 1929.
The camera has an all-metal body, apparently with single extension bellows. Its folding struts, front standard and handle attachments are very similar to that of the original Kinka, of which it might be a name variant. There is a brilliant finder offset to the left, and there is no wireframe finder.
The Special East was advertised in the May 1929 issue of Asahi Camera. In the advertisement, the camera is presented as a new model (新発売). The shutter is described as giving T, B, 25, 50, 100 speeds, and the picture shows a dial-set Vario. The lens is given as an Anastigmat f/6.3, with no further detail. The camera cost ¥28 and was supplied with a cable release, three plate holders and one film-pack holder.
|Advertisement in Asahi Camera May 1929. (Image rights)|
- Advertisement in Asahi Camera May 1929, p.A26.