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Kigawa Kogaku Tubasaflex Junior III favori envoyer Print
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Manufactured in Japon from 1951 until 0.
Index of rarity in France : Rare (among non-specialized garage sales)
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Kigawa Kogaku Tubasaflex Junior III

This camera may remind you of something ?

Although it is sometimes said that the Tubasaflex is a copy of Ricohflex III and the inspiration is obvious , the making of the two devices is quite different and copies as the Haking Halina or the Silverflex are much closer to the Ricohflex .
Thus the Tubasaflex has a "L" back and fixed dark chamber while the Ricohflex is from this side closer to a box camera with a flat back and a removable cassette to be loaded with the film.
The mounting of the front plate on the housing front with four screws is also different ; at the end the Tubasaflex should be a bit more complicated and expensive to build.
Please note a sync plug by a female socket. The viewfinder has a small magnifying glass hinged to facilitate the focusing.

It seems that some cameras have a front plate labeled Tsubasaflex and it is under this name that the Mc Keown's references it, it should be noted that several Kigawa productions include " Tsubasa " in their name , Tsubasa which is also engraved on the rings of this "Junior" lenses.
Tsubasa or Tubasa being the phonetic translation of the Japanese word for wings or pair of wings.

Camera-wiki allows to identify this carema as a " Junior Model III" due to its wide range of exposure times, although it has a T pose which is not described.