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Manufactured in Japon from 1956 until 1957.
Index of rarity in France : Rare (among non-specialized garage sales)
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Konica III

This is the first version of the Konica III featuring a Konirapid shutter.
It will be replaced by a Seikosha with a LV (Light Value) scale and an exposure parameters coupling on the later versions L and L2  (denominations not engraved on the camera).
Camera-wiki explains the abandonment of their own shutter by the fact that the "small" companies like Konishiroku (Konica) realized that they couldn't compete with Seiko or Copal as much on the quality of the shutters as on the profitability.
The optics is the excellent 6 elements 48mm f2 appeared on the Konica IIA.