James's Camera Collection: Ciro 35

Ciro 35 Japan 35mm cameras
Ciro 35
Camera type: Rangefinder
Approx. dates of manufacture: 1949 to around 1954
Approx. original price: $50
Approx. street value: very low

This camera began life as the Cee-ay 35 some time in the 1940s. When Cee-ay went under around 1949, Ciro bought the tooling and rights, and it became the Ciro 35. When Ciro went out in 1951, Graflex bought it and refitted it as the original Graphic 35. Mostly the same mediocre camera, three different lives. And each company that owned it went belly-up.

When Ciro was independent they had Alphax or Rapax shutters; mine is obviously post-Graflex, as mine has a Century shutter and a Graflex branded lens (Century was one of Graflex's trademarks). With my cameras, it's likely whichever lens/shutter was cheapest is the one I've got.

The top-knot on it (center) is a bayonet flash-synch adapter that fits into the accessory shoe.

Camera manual: Orphan Cameras.com

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