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I have an old SNK Shin Nippon Camera, made in Tokyo, Japan.  It is the old type with the lens that comes out like an accordian and folds back up when you're not taking pictures. There is Erinaf Anastigmat 1:3.5f - 75mm printed around the lens; NKB TOKYO printed on the dial with the numbers B | 2 5 10 25 50 100 200.

Thank you for any assistance.


You have a Poppy Six, a simple amateur's folding bellows camera, made by Shin Nippon Kogaku of Japan in the 1950's, for 2 1/4 x 2 1/4 inch exposures on #120 roll film.  This was a typical post-war Japanese copy of a classic style of German folding bellows camera, such as the Ikonta cameras made by Zeiss Ikon.  It's a very common model, many thousands were sold in Japan, many were brought over to the USA by American soldiers stationed in the Pacific after WWII and then during the Korean conflict, and it seems like most of them have survived to today.  A truly excellent working example might sell in the $60-$80 range in the current collectible camera market, but supply exceeds demand.

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David F. Silver - President
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I'm an expert on all types of antique, classic, and contemporary cameras, as well as the general history of photography. Everything from ancient box cameras to modern single-lens-reflex; from simple Kodaks to sophisticated Leica and Nikon; from glass plates and roll film to movie and 35mm. I can identify and appraise them, explain how they work, and offer insights on their restoration and care. I can also provide historical background on vintage cameras and equipment, and guidelines on their purchase and sale.


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