What we are going to introduce for this time is the camera manufactured by Kowa.
The one aspect of Kowa's policy about manufacturing cameras is that they were seeking not only high quality but also inexpensiveness when producing a camera. And among the cameras of them, this, Kowa SW met the both demands perfectly that you could purchase this camera as a low price as a 28mm lens.
The apperance of this camera, together with a Kepler-type finder above the lens, are unique and look to our eyes somehow stylish.
Although the focusing system is visual distance estimation, the click tells at 1 and 3 meters when turning the focusing ring so that the shutter can be released without looking away from the viewfinder.
Although this camera is not exactly a rangefinder camera, functions and mechnisms of it are almost the same as one of them.
- First introduced in 1964.
- Camera type : 35mm leaf-shutter camera
- Camera body : alloy diecast
- Lens : Kowa F2.32/28mm
- Closest focusing distance : 0.5m.
- Shutter : Seiko SLV
- Shutter speed : B, 1-1/500sec.
- Viewfinder : Kepler-type finder
- Finder magnification : 0.4x
- Focusing system : straight helicoid, visual distance estimation
- Film wind : lever
- Body dimensions : 127 x 76 x 51mm
- Body weight : approx 580g.