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Amano was a single lens reflex camera from Amano Corporation, a small precision industry in Japan. It was announced in 1960 but never found its way in serial production making.
It was a 6x6 film camera making 12 exposures in 120 film. Interchangeable optics in screw mount. Normal lens 3.5/80mm of their own production, very similar to the Fujita 66 lens from Fujita Kogaku. But the original Amano lens mount follows the same Korelle thread mount.
Speeds 1/25 to 1/300 plus slow speeds 1, 1/5, 1/10 and B.
The Amano 66 had a mirror type shutter very similar to some previous ancestors, which the most known was the Pilot Super or the Pilot 66 from Kamera Werkesttaden.
AMANO 66 is a camera of special interest. It had the quick return mirror. Amano Corporation was a company specialized in time clock production. Prototypes are displayed in the museum of the Kanagawa company,
Amano cameras as shown in the 1960 documents for the press.
Prototypes at the Kanagawa Company Museum,
Amano artistical drawing from Motobam
Probably the first successful mirror shutter 6x6, Reflex viewing through taking lens with full-size ground glass screen was the Ihagee Roll-Paff. (1921)
It has a two speed shutter, time and instant. It was offered with either a simple meniscus Achromatic lens, or a 90/6.8 Meyer Trioplan.
A similar variation was available for plates.
A more expensive model with an anastigmatic lens was produced at the same time. It had a different construction and is much rarer today.
The final shape came with the Pilot Super from Kamera Werkesttaden (1939- 1941): 6 x 6 on 120 rollfilm K.W. Anastigmat 1:3,5 75 mm lens Metal guillotine shutter B + 1/20 - 1/50 - 1/100 - 1/200 sec.
The Pilot Super is built in the same body of the Pilot 6, but with some improvements.
Although being simple cameras, those mirror shuttered cameras are very interesting, and if you're just aware of its limitations you can make wonderful pictures with those very charming little camera which is the most compact known 6 x 6 SLR ever built.
A ressurrection came in 1982 when the Great Wall DF-1 was born from the Great Wall manufacturing of Beijing .
Who also built a pentaprism 35mm built in flash version PF-1
Several generations of 35mm cameras were also built being the Ihagee’s EXA the most famous.
4x4cm on 127 film, "Ludwig Vidar 4,5/6 cm", 1/25-1/100 Sec.
With a faithful clone the The Japanese Super Flex Baby also made from 1938 to 1942. manufactured by Umemoto Seisakusho. Super Anastigmat 70mm f/4.5 lens
After the war there came a multitude of such design
The two models of Firstflex 35 (1955) & (1958)
Anastigmat 3.5 45mm
Auto Tokinon lens 45mm 2.8
RICOH 1/30 1/300 rikenon 55mm 2.8. 126 and 135 versions 1967 /1966
1966 fixed speeds MAMIYAsekor 2.8 48mm 126 version of the
Mamya autolux (1965)
An interesting similarity:
At 1980 Novacaon Vertex built independently a very similar model prototype
Speeds 1/30 to 1/300 and Kiev 6 / Pentacon Six mount.
Artistical view by Germano Blum