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.

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25.06 | 21:36

The official producer was Chinon, according to Alpa sources. But we know that Cosina produced some cameras (and lenses) for Chinon.

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25.06 | 21:23

The ALPA 2000 was a Cosina with M42 mount. I used to own one. Ever wonder why there are ALPA badged M42 lenses on eBay? They are from Cosina too.

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13.05 | 14:20

Sadly not found the Ricoh XR-7 / Sigma SA-1 / Sears KS-2 camera(s) on the site. They could be produced by Cosina as well, but I have no information about this.

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21.04 | 21:14

For an explanation of the penta mirror, please see the page "Some Definitions".
My definition of PP SLR also include the penta mirror cameras.

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