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Formosa Plastics Corporation Yashiwa XR90 favori envoyer Print
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Manufactured in Taïwan from Circa 1985 until after 1985.
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Formosa Plastics Corporation Yashiwa XR90

Please do not confuse this with a 'Yashica', or one of Ricoh's beautiful 'XR's! This camera was made by FPC in about 1985-7 and has clones which are some of the earliest 'Canomatics', distributed by NTPC. (New Taiwan Photographic Corporation).

It is one of the few models which has two shutter speeds, 1/60 and 1/125. It also has an improved diaphragm, which creates a square aperture and closes to the centre of the lens. The lens is an “optical lens” not an “optical glass lens”, so we know it is plastic. 

It is also one of the first cameras of its type to have a plastic 'filter' over the lens. Is it just for appearance, or does it have a purpose? Was it designed to reflect light at an angle away from the lens? There is also provision for a very useful accessory, a bayonet mounted lens hood, which was probably sold with it.

There is a label on the base which has a serial number and reference to “Yashiwa Photographic”, but this is the only known camera produced by that long lost corporation. It is quite heavy and probably has some scrap metal in it.

It was also known as the Canomatic 2000, Canomatic SE-AS, Meikai AR-4352S, Maxim 2000, Nitex NX-500, Ocean SE-AS, Welica WX-500, Yoshita 2000 etc.........

There is a variation of this camera which has a raised exposure table between the 'prism' and the rewind crank (like the Henrycon A-8000S). It was made under the names Akira 2000, Aremac (mirror reverse), Charman 2000, Komax 2000, Protax 2000, Tamashi 2000, Tashika 2000, Yashica 2000, etc ..........

(see also Licom MXF-700, Henrycon A-8000S, Komax 2000)