9other Beauty cameras in my collection:


JapanTaiyodo Beauty 35 Super [1956]



The 35 Super was the first 35mm rangefinder produced by Taiyodo Koki. It came in two versions; one with a Copal shutter with a maximum speed of 1/300th sec., and the other with a Synchro-Compur shutter with a maximum speed of 1/500th sec. The only other difference was the location of the flash contact - consequential to the shutter fitted.

I have no idea what the original UK cost of the Canter was, or if it was even sold in the UK?


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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. Thought to be 6 elements in 4 groups, and made of lanthanum glass.

Close Focus: 0.8m (scaled in metres only).

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

Shutter:. Copal MXV shutter with speeds of 1, 1/2, 1/5th, 1/10th, 1/25th, 1/50th, 1/100th and 1/300th 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).

Frame Counter: Counts up. Resets automatically when camera back is opened.

Rewind: Camera-bottom rewind tension release button with top crank.

Back Opening: Sliding catch.

Size: 126 x 82 x 72 mm (w x h x d).

Weight: 683g.



My Camera

The acquisition of this camera completes my collection of Beauty rangefinders, save for a few model variants - should they ever come-up for sale. This particular camera has been listed by an eBay seller in Japan for many months, but their price was too high. In recent weeks, the seller reduced their expectations a couple of times, and I resolved to buy if the cost fell below £37. Happily, in November 2018 the item was listed at the equivalent of about £30, with free shipping. However the total cost with import taxes came to £41.10. Goods from outside the EU attract 20% tax on any value over £15, so the duty on this purchase was £3.10, plus, the Post Office collect this fee and charge an additional £8.00 for their service.

The camera is in nice condition and FWO. There would once have been a screw-fit collar around the shutter release, but this has long gone.



Beauty Super 35

Beauty Super 35

Beauty Super 35

While researching this model, I noticed four other variations to the f/2.8 Copal shutter Super 35.
• The most significant can be seen here. The images show the underside of the lens barrel - between the shutter speed/aperture dials - which has concentric grooves, a serial number, and an M/F selector switch in place of the self-timer setting lever (I don't know what that does?). The internal film guide rails are different, plus there's a screw on the back of the top-plate, under the wind lever tip, and another in front of the shutter release.
• Other cameras have either the different lens barrel features, or the top plate screws but not both.
• Some models are just like mine, but have a different (knob on a plate) focusing arm like the Canter 35.