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Manufactured in Japon from Circa 1950 until Circa 1955.
Index of rarity in France : Rare (among non-specialized garage sales)
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Inventory number: 4905

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Showa Semi Leotax DL

The Showa Semi Leotax DL is a small folding , well built, inspired by before the war German industry, as this Zeiss Ikon Ikonta, like many Japanese foldings of that time.

The fixed finder is mounted on a rocker drived by a small slider allowing to adjust the parallax to infinity either 3.5 , value in feet of the minimum focusing distance.
The shutter release is located on the left side of the top of the device while the opening of the front door is effected by pressing a button on the sole.

The lens could be a Reginon likely manufactured by Nishida Kogaku paired with a NKK Wester shutter also manufactured by Nishida Kogaku, or a Kominar or a Toko both paired with a Copal shutter. Even if all three lenses are 7.5 cm focal opening to f 3.5 , the price of the camera was growing in the order of these three versions.
The NKK shutter has a flash sync socket formed by a pin plug of about two millimeters in diameter, the Copal was using a Kodak bayonet.

The scissors are stamped with a SoW logo for Showa Optical Works, logo also found embossed in leatherette of the back side. Semi Leotax is embossed in the leatherette to the right of the front panel.