Japanese subminiature
on paper-backed roll film and round film (edit)
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20mm film Guzzi | Mycroflex | Top
round film Evarax | Petal | Sakura Petal | Star
unknown Hallow | Lyravit | Tsubasa
cine film see Japanese cine film subminiature
110 film see Japanese 110 film

The Sun B is a Japanese Hit-type subminiature made in the late 1940s or early 1950s, taking 14×14mm pictures on 17.5mm paper backed rollfilm.

Description[edit | edit source]

The Sun B is little different from the average Hit-type camera. The body has a trapezoidal shape, as viewed from above. The film is advanced by a knob on the left, as seen by the photographer. The back is hinged to the left, has a spring-loaded latch on the right and an uncovered red window inside a diamond-shaped frame at the middle.

The fixed-focus lens has no markings, and the everset shutter gives instant exposures only. The name Sun B is engraved above the viewfinder, and repeated at the top of the shutter plate, whereas the company name S.N.K. Camera Works appears at the bottom, under the lens.

Origin[edit | edit source]

The inscription "S.N.K. Camera Works" might correspond to the company Shin Nippon Kōgyō, which used the "SNK" initials on the Gotex and Poppy Six 6×6cm folders. The body's trapezoidal shape is somewhat reminiscent of the similarly named Sun subminiature pseudo-TLR, but this is perhaps a coincidence.

The Sun engraving atop the viewfinder and the frame surrounding the red window are the same as on the Sun 16, another Hit-type camera, ostensibly made by M.R.S. Camera Works. This certainly indicates that the two cameras are related.

Bibliography[edit | edit source]

The Sun B is not listed in Sugiyama or in Kokusan kamera no rekishi.

Links[edit | edit source]

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