More for the Fujipet- ting Zoo…

We were able to scan some images from the Fujipet’s instruction booklet and a scan of the ‘warranty card’ / registration card. If you’ve read one of our previous blog posts about the Fuji Photo Film Company’s Fujipet, then you have been introduced to a rather unique camera from Japan in the late 1950s.


A scan of the front cover of the Fujipet Camera instruction booklet. c1958


Back cover of the Fujipet instructions. Nice graphic showing which Fuji films to use given the sun conditions of the day.


Near the back of the user’s book is this lovely model showing us how to use a flash gun not mounted to the camera’s accessory shoe. The only problem… no direct wire connection.

Here is a scan of the front and back of the warranty / service / registration card that came with the Fujipet.


A scan of the front cover of the Fujipet Camera instruction booklet. c1958


The reverse of the card where you can tell Fuji Photo the who, what, when and where of your purchase.





A Little More Pigeon Poo…


It would appear that this Pigeon may be a rather rare version. From late 1952 to early 1953… is this a Model IIA? It doesn’t match completely with the other known Pigeon models.

The Shinano Pigeon 35 was not a groundbreaking camera during its run… it was just a solidly built 35mm viewfinder camera that still works like a charm even after 6 decades of use. Shinano, which had its roots in Suwa, Nagano Prefecture in the early 1950s, would cross paths with another start-up manufacturer from Nagano… Yashima. Yashima would go on to make its first TLR and call it a ‘Pigeonflex’. Shinano faded and Yashima eventually changed its name to Yashica (1958) and the name Pigeon essentially dropped from sight and memory.


Complete filter set and lens shade from Shinano for the Pigeon 35.


Vintage view of the Pigeon 35 Model IIA.

More images soon… from the camera! If you would like to know more about the Shinano Pigeon and all things related to Yashima-Yashica twin-lens reflex cameras, please stop by my friend Paul’s amazing website¬†

Thanks for the visit… Chris and Carol

Pigeon 35 by Shinano Camera Co., Ltd.

Why show a 35mm viewfinder camera on a blog about the Yashica Pentamatic? Well, Shinano and Yashima-Yashica share a common history. The first camera that carried the Yashima name was the Pigeonflex… a twin-lens reflex (TLR) camera!

Anyway here’s a nice example of a gorgeous 35 mm viewfinder camera that we acquired recently. The lens is made by Tomioka… a sharp (we hope) Tri-Lausar f/ 3.5 4.5 cm lens. NKS shutter B – 1/200.

It’s a nice heavyweight camera that has a good feel to it. In our opinion, it’s far from being a cheaply built camera as some would say. In fact, it still functions as intended after 6 decades of use. Most leather cases would be a complete mess after this amount of time but the leather is nice and the stitching is intact.



1952 Pigeon 35 by Shinano.


Nice view of the Tomioka lens.


Beautiful logo on this metal cap.


Classic style. The top plate of the Pigeon 35.


After 6 decades of use, the case has held up nicely.


Interesting bottom plate

More to come! By the way, everything works just fine! Can’t wait to run a roll of film through it. Images of the leather case to follow too!

Thanks for stopping by! – Chris

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