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Manufactured in Taïwan from Circa 1983 until after 1983.
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Formosa Plastics Corporation Licom MXF-700

There were two separate models of the Licom MXF-700. Both were made by FPC (Formosa Plastics Corporation). I have not found this one under any other name.

It is difficult to find a date for it, but the curiously shaped finger grip might derive from the Pentax Super A. (1983) The lens/shutter block with four weather symbols appeared in about 1982, and the wind lever disappeared soon afterwards in favour of a thumb wheel.

This camera has only one aperture but two shutter speeds 1/60 and 1/125. (Two weather symbols are combined with each shutter speed). The pupil is circular, central to the lens, and about 3-4 mm in diameter (F11?). The lens has focal length of about 40mm.

This arrangement might give consistently better focus (sharpness and depth) than the contemporary cameras with four apertures, which relied on larger apertures in low light. It is the same arrangement Kodak used in many of its 126 'Instamatics'. 

This MXF-700 was sold in a brightly coloured box with a case, carry strap, lens cap, tripod, electronic flash, "special effects filter", coupons for 100 rolls of film (not including processing!), instructions and a 10 year guarantee (?)

(See also Kinon SLIII, Kinon SL-IV, Yashiwa XR90)