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Manufactured in Japon from Circa 1940 until 0.
Index of rarity in France : Rare (among non-specialized garage sales)
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Inventory number: 2593

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Ricoh Kinsi

This small friendly folding produces 4 x 3 cm images on 127 film.
He has more than a family resemblance to the Dolly from Certo
As the japanese cameras from this period are very often inspired by European models, in particular German, this is not particularly surprising.
The originality of this model lies in its Seikosha shutter enjoying a kind of remote-trigger in place of the self timer:
Normally with this type of shutter "Everset" arming and triggering are on the heels of one to the other.
When inserting a pin or needle into the hole below the optical then actuating the lever,  the shutter is armed but the triggering is delayed.
The shutter fires only when the needle is removed.
So with a needle and thread long enough you got a remote control.
The genuine Dolly also has this feature.