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Old 07-20-2014, 12:06 PM
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This company got its start in an apartment in Tokyo. At the time Germany was the camera kingdom of the world producing both the Leica and Contax.

Their first camera was called a Japanese imitation of the Leica and it represented Japan's first high quality 35 mm camera.

A quote from the founder concerning the Leica camera.

"I just disassembled the camera without any specific plan, but simply to take a look at each part. I found there were no special items like diamonds inside the camera. The parts were made from brass, aluminum, iron and rubber. I was surprised that when these inexpensive materials were put together into a camera, it demanded an exorbitant price. This made me angry".



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Old 07-20-2014, 09:23 PM
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I have no idea of the name of the company but I am certainly in sync with the founder's sentiment after disassembling the camera.
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Old 07-24-2014, 09:06 PM
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So what is the name of the company?
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Old 07-25-2014, 01:43 AM
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It was initially called Kwanon, but became Canon at about the time of its introduction in 1935. In the early 1960s a small camera shop in Sasebo, Japan, had one of the pre-war Canon cameras with an extra lens for about a month's salary of many workers, or a little more than I spent a month in restaurants. Several years ago McKown's cameras listed them at maybe $2000. Dumb me!

I did have to look this up to check the date and verify the name it had been changed to, but I well remembered that lost opportunity many years later.
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Old 07-25-2014, 02:26 AM
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Thanks for the info.
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