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Photos by Sylvain Halgand text by VB. From the collection of FB
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Manufactured in Japon from Circa 1953 until 0.
Index of rarity in France : Rare (among non-specialized garage sales)
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Suruga Seiki Co Mihama Six II

The Mihama Six II is Japanese folding from the 1950's whose main eccentricity is the presence of two viewfinders .

Each one is dedicated to a picture format , the right viewfinder frames the 4.5 x 6 format in portrait mode and the left the 6 x 6 format .
The camera is bi- format. There is a red window for each picture format on the camera back and there also is a slide control on the hood that allow to hide the unused viewfinder with a red filter.

This mask mecanism in the viewfinder is the main difference with model 1 where it was lacking.
The format change itself should be performed before loading the film, by inserting or removing a 4.5 x 6 cm size mask, as it does not appear to be internal flaps inside the camera.

The camera was usually equipped with a N.K.S. shutter and a Mihama lens probably subcontracted, but it is sometimes found with other lenses or shutters like this copy where the shutter seems to be an M.S.K.

Suruga Seiki Co Mihama Six II