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Asahi Bussan Olympic A
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Photos by VB text by VB. From the collection of VB. Last update 2012-04-21 par Eric Borel.

Manufactured or assembled in Japan from (Circa) 1934 to (After) 1934.
Index of rarity in France: Rare (among non-specialized garage sales)
Inventory number: 2625

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Chronology of cameras Asahi Bussan 
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In 1934 Asahi Bussan offers the Olympic A, a plain copy of the Rubette german camera from Ruberg & Renner.
If the optical/shutter is a little different from its original, it has the same settings: two values ​​of openness and two shutter speeds
Historically it is one of the first Japanese bakelite camera and also one of the first Japanese camera offered for export.
In a second version the camera has evolved, distinguishing itself from its german original by acquiring an optical viewfinder.
 

Asahi Bussan Olympic A