Shinano Camera Company Ltd. – Pigeon Model III

From around 1953 or late 1952.

35mm viewfinder camera with non-interchangeable lenses.

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Asahi Camera magazine advertisement from 1953. Download courtesy of Paul Sokk http://www.yashicatlr.com

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A very clean and streamlined design gives this camera a rather modern look even by today’s standards.

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The standard lens is a Tomioka Optical Company Tri-Lausar f/3.5 4.5cm

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A simple top plate features a film advance lever (far right) tucked into the upper right corner of the backplate. Maybe a first for a Japanese made 35mm camera.

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A closer view of the film advance lever. Advancing the film did not charge the shutter.

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Below is a scan of the original instruction sheet supplied with the Model III.

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Pigeon Model III

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My Pigeon Model IIA from 1952. This gorgeous camera is no longer in my collection.

These Shinano Pigeon 35 cameras are an interesting collectible but so far after owning two of them I’ve yet to be able to shoot a roll of film. The Model IIA pictured above had a non-functioning focus lever that somehow became detached internally. I didn’t catch that it wasn’t right until after I sold it. The Model II that I recently acquired at auction has two major problems. Again the focus lever did not work as it was frozen in the infinity position probably from lack of use and the second problem was that although the film advance lever moved it did not advance the film. That might have been a simple fix but since the focus lever wasn’t working I won’t try to get it repaired. The Tomioka lenses on both cameras were clean and clear and the shutters sounded accurate.

My advice is to proceed with caution before purchasing these early cameras as they are approaching nearly 70 years since they were made. Things happen over time and unless you’re a talented repairperson expect these to simply look good in a collection of early Japanese 35mm cameras.

Thanks for stopping by and be sure to visit my camera shop at http://www.ccstudio2380.com – Chris

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SUNday Spotlight – Chasing Classic Cameras with Chris

Happy SUNday and thanks for stopping by!

Today I’d like to show you a new addition to our collection. While on one hand, we’re downsizing the collection while on the other hand, we continue to add classics – especially rather hard to find classics like this one.

The Yashica-Nicca 35 YF or as it was known in Japan, the Yashica 35 Fair-Way.

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The first and only dual-branded camera from Yashica, the YF is a 35mm rangefinder camera that uses interchangeable L39 screw-in mount lenses (made by a variety of lens producers). Here it’s mated with its original Yashinon f/1.8 5cm lens.

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The Yashica YF is rather unique in its design and a break from the more traditional Leica-like cameras of the 1950s. The YF was first produced in July 1959 and according to the serial numbers, ended its run by September 1959 with just a little over 6,200 made.

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The camera back features an easy to open film door that made loading 35mm film cassettes a breeze. Very similar to the Nicca Type-5 but its door swung to the right.

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Shown with the film door and baseplate completely removed.

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The serial number shown here decodes to August 1959 number 1,603rd made since the start of production in July.

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Another neat feature of the YF is that the film advance lever was located in a slot on the upper right of the top plate which made advancing the film and cocking the shutter super easy.

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The single eyepiece is late and provides a clear view through the rangefinder.

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The perfectly placed rangefinder windows afforded a bright view and easy focusing.

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An original sales brochure from late 1959.

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The original instruction booklet in English.

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From a Yashica sales brochure from around mid-1960.

Thanks for stopping by and be sure to visit my camera shop at http://www.ccstudio2380.com – Chris

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Thanks for stopping by and have a beautiful and safe day! – Chris

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Thanks for stopping by and have a beautiful and safe day! – Chris

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Minolta SR-T 202 new in the shop today!

Happy Monday all! I’ve added this wonderful one-owner Minolta SR-T 202 35mm film camera set in my camera shop at http://www.ccstudio2380.com

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Gorgeous Minolta from around 1975.

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The original boxes (with styrofoam inserts) have matching serial numbers with the lens and camera. One-owner since new!

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Perfect film camera for the beginner or seasoned pro. Fully manual camera with built-in exposure meter. The best way to improve your photography skills.

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It’s a beauty!

Please stop by my Etsy hosted camera shop at http://www.ccstudio2380.com for more details. – Thanks, Chris

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Friday Fotos!

Spoon

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Vintage demitasse spoon from the world-famous Jockey Club Brasileiro located in Rio de Janeiro and founded in 1932.

Have a beautiful day and thanks for stopping by! – Chris

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In the Shop – more neat stuff!

Hi all – happy Friday! Here’s some of the newest items in my Etsy hosted camera shop at http://www.ccstudio2380.com

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Almost everything in my shop is offered at a 10% discount and some even include free shipping in the USA. I ship internationally too.

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Is there something you’ve been looking for? I may have it in my collection and just haven’t posted it yet. Ask and I may have.

I will be offering my Minolta SR-T 202 with matching MC Rokkor-X f/1.7 50mm lens shortly. The additional good news is that both will come in their original Minolta factory boxes! One-owner and fully functional. Stay tuned. – Chris

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Thanks for stopping by and have a beautiful and safe day! – Chris

As always, I’ve added some new items in my Etsy camera shop which you can visit at http://www.ccstudio2380.com

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Yashica 5 Star Auto Focus Motor – 1981

Yashica’s handsome compact point & shoot 35mm film camera from the early 1980s. It features auto everything and includes a fast Yashica 38mm f/2.8 4 element lens.

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Released in late 1981, this camera proceeded the T* Series and was a good seller for Yashica.

At its introduction, the 5 Star was still made in Japan at Yashica’s modern factory in Okaya, Nagano Prefecture. I understand that later models were made in Hong Kong (with parts made in Japan). Kyocera acquired Yashica in late 1983.

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Yashica’s goal was to deliver a simple high-quality 35mm camera with a fast lens. At the time of its release, the maximum ASA setting was only 400.

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Almost drop-in loading – the user still had to extend the film leader to a take-up point before closing the camera’s back cover.

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A rather unique lens cap that covered the viewfinder and auto-focus windows.

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Complete kit with the exception of Yashica’s marketing figurine. Yashica’s Sailor Boy holds the camera while telling the world about its arrival.

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About $190 USD in late 1981 at 230 yen to the dollar.

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Yashica’s ‘Sailor Boy’ announcing the release of the 5 Star.

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Thanks for stopping by and if you get a chance to use this camera by all means do so. I think you’ll be pleasantly pleased. As always, please stop by my Etsy camera shop as I’ve added a few neat items recently (www.ccstudio2380.com) – Chris

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