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Manufactured in Japon from 1939 until 0.
Index of rarity in France : Rare (among non-specialized garage sales)
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Inventory number: 4861

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Fuji Kogaku Lyrax

The Lyrax is not beautiful but it has a look.

Otherwise, it is a large and solid unit for a semi, that is for a 4.5 x 6 cm format camera.
Film loading is done by the sole, the back which has two red windows, is fixed.
The lens is mounted on a telescopic tube that must be pulled before using the camera.
Once the shutter release actuated, it can not be reused until the film winding has started.
An index visible in a small window located behind the shutter release allows to know its status, red it is locked , white it is free .
When the lens is retracted, the shutter release can be pressed but it does not activate the shutter.
In this case, apparently ( This camera, not fully functional, may be faulty on this point ) the protection mechanism against multiple exposures is not disengaged and any action on the trigger makes the risk of losing a blank view when the film has been advanced.

There is no frame counter nor blocking of film advance that must be controlled through the red windows.

The Lyrax was available in four versions:

f 4,5 aperture and Fuji-Ko B shutter ( B, 1/5 to 1/250 )
f 4,5 aperture and Fuji-Ko A shutter ( B, 1 to 1/300 )
f 3,5 aperture and Fuji-Ko B shutter ( copy shown here)
f 3,5 aperture and Fuji-Ko A shutter

from least to most expensive .

Fuji Kōgaku has nothing to do with Fuji Photo Film.