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Original Japan WWII Imperial Japanese Type 96 Small Aerial Camera by Rokuoh-sha in Case with Negatives

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Original Item: Only One Available. Various Japanese companies manufactured aerial cameras. Most were made for the Japanese military forces before and during World War II. Further cameras, such as the Konica Type G, were made after 1945 for Japan's Self-Defense Forces or for other countries.

This Type 96 had a short service life and suffered from a variety of reliability issues but was still one of the most sophisticated cameras made for the Japanese Army. It was fitted with heater elements in both the camera body and the lenses. It was equipped with two light projectors to use in recording the tilt of the camera while positioned over the film. It used 18cm Roll Film and was mainly used by the Army Ministry for Cartography. The camera could be mounted in an aircraft as well as operated in “handheld” mode. It was manufactured by Rokuoh-sha and has a Nippon-Kogaku lens (189137). The camera comes in the original wooden box which still has USGI bring-back information written on it, roll fill, glass negatives that contain images and the electric heater camera.

Unfortunately, due to the short life of these cameras, not too much has been documented on them, making this a perfect research candidate! Many of the components have data plates with information regarding the manufacture as well as WWII Era Showa Dates of 1941 and 1942!

Comes ready to research and display!

Dimensions: 21" x 15" x 11 1/2"
Weight: Approx. 60lbs.

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