Japan: 1958-1959: Zunow:

The legendary Zunow:

Few people have heard about the Zunow camera. Even fewer have seen photographs of it, and fewer still have actually seen one live. The number of people owing one is probably so low that even collectors have given up finding one. It was produced in very low numbers in Japan from 1958 and for only a short time. A production rate of only 8 pieces a day was not enough to pay for the expenses. Besides, it was only sold in Japan. Probably less than 500 were produced from August '58 till end of production in '59. The camera was ahead of its time, with some worlds first features, like the auto diaphragm technique. (Well, hungarian Gamma Duflex had it some ten years before, but that was a porro prism, not a penta prism.) But although the cameras were on a high technical level, the quality was not quite matching. They needed to be often serviced, at least once a year when regularly used. 

Zunow Optical Company started producing lenses for other brands early in the 40's, and with great technical success. Later, rangefinder cameras like Leica and Nikon were among the ones to gain from this, although they made first class lenses themselves. Zunow made 1:1,1 lenses when others struggled with 1:1,8!
The very first Orion/Mirandas also came with Zunow lenses. 
After ending the camera production, Zunow went back to producing lenses, until financial problems forced them to give up in the early 60's.
No of my collection, but here it is.
Miranda like layout, except for the shutter time dial: placed under the winder, so you could dial it with your fingertip. Many years should pass before anyone copied it. Today it is considered vital for easy control.
Zunow featured interchangeable finder.

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23.01 | 22:30

Never seen, never heard of. Most certainly done by some previous owner to personalize it.

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23.01 | 14:54

I saw in the last days a SV model with a red logo or better brand
from Pentax.On the top Asahi in black and than Pentax in red.
Collectors model or fake ?
Pls l

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10.01 | 12:34

Hi,
Please see my last answer. It is right under your recent email on the Pentax Z side.
Best regards

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10.01 | 01:32

Hi
It was a long time
I still own that camera
If you want just give me your e mail to contact you

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