Japan: CHINON: 1966-1989:

Chinon was among the less innovative Japanese brands, but sold quite some cameras throughout the world in their own name or in others. They were more or less official producers for many others brands during their time, which lasted from 1966 (Chinonflex TTL) till they were bought by Kodak, Japan in 2004. Their PP SLR production, however, ended around 1989 with the Chinon CP-9 AF. After that, they produced "bridge cameras" like the Gemini series into the 90's, before mass producing compact digital 35 cameras for Kodak and others.
Chinon was probably the second biggest producer for other brands, after Cosina. Among the brands they made were GAF, Revue, Argus, Prinz, plus some for Ricoh and some for Alpa! And the list is probably very much longer. (But many Chinon cameras were made by Cosina, according to the Cosina list!)
Chinon CS of 1976. A sturdy, well working camera. CS stands for Chinon Screw, as the mount was of Praktica/Pentax M42 type.
A Auto Chinon 55/1,7 lens. Sn. 436489.
Another classic layout. Very much looking like the Cosina standard camera.

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Bosse | Svar 25.09.2019 23.31

Hi,
Thanks for your remarks. However, I stand by my phrase "among the less innovative brands" when describing Chinon.
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Kevin MacNutt | Svar 25.09.2019 22.58

I would not consider Chinon to be completely devoid of innovation. The CS Memotron was advanced with, Aperture Priority, 1/2000 shutter speed and AE-L in 1974.

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I går | 14:32

It might be worth to mention that the Ia, IIa and IIb also were found in the US under Tower 23 and Tower 24 names.

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I går | 14:28

Hi Bosse,
There is very little evidence to support that the m42 versions were made by Asahi Opt. Company but more evidence that these were made by resellers.

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20.11 | 00:08

Hi Roland,
No I have no information about it. There were several producers of long tele lenses and they came with many names. Is it a preset lens? Serial nr?

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19.11 | 20:32

Hi Roland,
I have a Miranda camera and purchased a Safari 500mm 1:6.3 lens for it, but now cannot find any information on Safari lenses. Can you help?

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