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Manufactured in from 1981 until (After) 1981.
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Phenix JG301

The Phenix JG301 is a Chinese copy of the Konica C35 FD silver version (*) and it takes up its characteristics with namely the shutter priority exposure mode and the f1:1.8 fast lens.

The design of the JG301 was launched in 1978, as part of the celebrations for the thirtieth anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China (1949). JG originates from the phonetic transcription of the "Jianguo" ideogram which means "Foundation of the nation".

Phenix officially became a brand of Jiangxi Optical Instrument General Factory in 1983, two years after the release of the JG301.

Jiangxi Optical Instrument General Factory had started by producing the Seagull 205 in the 1970s (originally a model from Shanghai Camera Factory No. 2), initially keeping the Seagull brand on the camera before affixing the Phenix brand after 1983.

 

(*) The Konica C35 FD intended for the Japanese market was available in silver and black versions. It was sold in the rest of the world under the reference Konica Auto S3 and uniquely in black version.