Sanei Sangyo Samoca 35

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Sanei Sangyo Samoca 35

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Samoca began making cameras in 1952, presenting a line of 35mm viewfinder models, marked as 35, 35II, 35III, 35IV and =35=, commonly called 35V.

The camera shape did not follow any design convention, having a tiny, rounded body, with a square turret that looks like an afterthought and a lens assembly at the front.

The first four models share almost the same features. Same body size and style, the same lens, and the same cocking mode using a plunger mounted on the square turret opposite the trigger. The first three models offered modest speeds: B, 25, 50, and 100, with the speed selector dial oddly mounted at the bottom front. The IV added 200. The focusing dial style had evolved from a notched dial on the first two to a lever on the following two models. All but the first had a cold accessory shoe.

The winder knob pulls the film over a cog in the film pathway that stops the roll after each frame. Upon pushing the plunger and firing the trigger, the cog releases, allowing the winder to move to the next frame. The shutter will not fire until the next frame is ready. The film winds on a takeoff spool. To rewind, it takes holding down the cocking plunger.

The removable back opens with a fingernail merciful key at the bottom. A hinged pressure plate keeps the film in place.

The ‘V’ model had done away with the cocking plunger, so the winder cocks the shutter as well, and there is added rewind release lever on top. This model was redesigned, with a prominent arch at the front, and the viewer moved to the side.

The cameras are heavy for their size and fall over their nose once placed over a flat surface. There is no self-timer, so it is immaterial. The finishes of this generation are exceptional, both in and out. The two units I have, II and III, are immaculate and perform as if fresh off the shelf.

Later models added rangefinders; some had meters; see the second table below.

See here the list of all Samoca models.

Samoca 35 1st generation

Camdex list number 12653 12654 12655 12656 12665
Brand Samoca Samoca Samoca Samoca Samoca
Model 35 35 II 35 III 35 IV 35 V
Marking 35 35 II 35 III 35 IV = 35 =
Manual Butkus Butkus
Value 35 35 II 35 III 35 IV 35 V
Format 35mm
Introduced 1952 1952 1955 1955 1955
Country Japan
Qty made
Initial price 6,800
Currency Yen
Type Viewfinder
Body material Metal
Mode Manual
Weight 420 gr,
Body with lens
425 gr,
Body with lens
440 gr,
Body with lens
Class average weight 470 gr,  Body with lens
ASA range N/A
Kit lens 3.5/50
Lens make Ezumar
Filter size N/A
Lens mount Fixed lens
Mount size N/A
Shutter Two-leaf
scissors type
scissors type
scissors type
Leaf Leaf
Shutter make
Light meter None
Winder Knob
Lock No
Speeds B, 25, 50,
B, 25, 50,
B, 25, 50,
B, 10, 25, 50,
100, 200
Mirror N/A
Viewer Viewfinder
DOF preview No
Exposure lock No
Exposure compensation No
Shoe No Cold Cold Cold Cold
External sync No M M M M
Sync speed N/A 50 50 50 50
Timer No
Battery, original N/A
Battery, replacement N/A
Battery voltage N/A
Integral flash None
Service / repair links See
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Samoca 35 2nd generation

Camdex list
12663 12668 12674
12657 12670
Model 35 Super 35 EM 35 Super X 35 J Samocaflex 35
Samocaflex 35 II
Marking Super EM Super Rangefinder Samoca 35 J Samocaflex 35
Samocaflex 35 II
Value 35 Super 35 EM 35 Super X 35 J Samocaflex 35
Samocaflex 35 II
Country Japan
Initial price 18,000
Currency Yen
Format 35mm
Introduced 1956 1956 1957 1958 1955
Type Rangefinder Viewfinder Rangefinder Viewfinder TLR
Body Metal
Mode Manual
Weight, gr 470 760
ASA range N/A
Kit lens 3.5/50 3.5/50 2.8/50
3.5/50 2.8/50
Lens make Ezumar
Light meter N/A Selenium Selenium N/A N/A
Filter size N/A
Lens mount Fixed lens
Shutter Leaf
Shutter make Seikosha Rapid
Seikosha MX
Winder Knob
Lock N/A
Speeds B, 10-200 B, 10-200 B, 10-200 B, 30-125 B, 1-500
Shoe Cold Cold Cold Cold N/A
External synch M F X M F X
Battery N/A
Integral flash N/A
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