8other Beauty cameras in my collection:

 

JapanBeauty Super II [1958]

 

Overview

The Super II is the first 35mm rangefinder camera produced by the newly formed Beauty Camera Company. It differed from the previous model - the Beauty Canter (made by Taiyodo Koki - forerunner of the BCC) - in several respects.

  • There were three lens options: an f/1.9 Canter-S (†), f/2 Canter-S, and f/2.8 Canter (mine).
  • The f/1.9 lens was set in a Copal MXV shutter, while the f/2 & f/2.8 lenses came in a Copal SV.
  • The f/2.8 lens was restyled with wider aperture and shutter speed dials, plus a black DOF scale. The f/2.8 lens has a five blade diaphragm.
  • The top-plate was restyled to be flatter, along with heavier raised viewfinder and rangefinder window frames, and the frame counter was moved from the wind-lever cap to an inset window.
  • The wind arm was re-shaped and the rewind crank changed to a more unconventional design.
  • The focusing lever was changed back to a half-moon shape seen in the super 35.
  • The M/X flash sync port moved to the body front on the lens mounting plate.

(†)The advertisement shown right details only f/2 and f/2.8 lens options, but the existence of an f/1.9 can be verified here.

Click here for a complete comparison of Beauty 35mm rangefinder models.

 

 

Specifications

Viewfinder: Coincidence rangefinder integrated with viewfinder, and Albada bright line.

Focus: Coupled rangefinder with manual ring on lens barrel.

Lens: Canter 45mm f/2.8.

Close Focus: 2'7" (scaled in feet only).

Diaphragm: Five blades, stopping down to f/16. Not click-stopped.

Shutter:. Copal SV shutter with speeds from 1 to 1/500th sec,. plus B. Self-timer of about 10 seconds.

Cable Release: None.

Exposure: Manual.

Filter Size: 39mm screw thread.

Flash: Cold shoe and PC terminal. M and X sync.

Film Advance Lever: 180° single stroke (plus 20° offset).

Beauty Super II rewindFrame Counter: Counts up. Resets automatically when camera back is opened.

Rewind: Camera-bottom rewind tension release button with top crank (see image left).

Back Opening: Sliding catch.

Size: 126 x 84 x 72 mm (w x h x d).

Weight: 701 g.

 

My Camera

an uncanny resemblanceIt always makes me laugh when a seller tries to connect their humble offering to Leica (or other prestigious names) in a desperate attempt to increase the camera's appeal. This model was described as a Leica M3 look-a-like. Haha ... what do you think?

It's not very different to my Beauty Canter (another Leica M3 look-a-like maybe?), but I have been looking for one for ages. I coughed-up £27.00 in September 2018 for the penultimate model in the complete collection of Beauty rangefinder cameras. Phew - but it was way less expensive than buying one from a seller in Japan or the USA, which is where they most commonly seem to be available.

The camera arrived very dirty, but cleaned-up nicely. The low speeds below 1/15th are too slow, but otherwise everything works.

 

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