Tomioka Kogaku Tokyo camera Lausar ƒ4,5/5cm, 1937

Tomioka Kogaku Tokyo Legendary Camera Lausar ƒ4,5/5cm, 1937

Extremely rare Tomioka Kogaku Tokyo Lausar Japanese camera for 3x4cm exposures on 127 rollfilm, with interchangeable Lausar 4.5/5cm in collapsible focusing mount, focal plane shutter (not operable), dodecagonal metal body with leather covering, with original black painted cap and ever-ready case, it is mainly known from a letter by Ōishi Hiroshi to a Japanese collectors magazine, this is the only documented camera so far, close relative to the Baika 3×4cm camera with focal plane shutter by Sankyō Kōgaku Kōgyō and predecessor of the Riken Ricohl Mod. I (Riken Kōgaku Kōgyō).

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