A Brief History of Miranda Cameras
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Japanese camera-maker Miranda began in right after World War II as Orion Seiki, but changed the name in the mid-50s to Miranda Camera Company. In their heyday (the late 50s through the 60s) they were highly regarded. For years they were probably the closest competitor (technologically) to Nikon; Miranda had a wide range of lenses and could take more using adapters. They were considered rugged, well-made, and fairly priced.

Mirandas are most famous for their interchangable viewfinders, something found only on the Nikon F through most of the 60s.

Things went south for them in the 1970s after they were purchased by AIG, an American camera import/export firm. Culture-clashes, disasterous moves into other product lines, and an inability to keep up technologically with the Big 5 (Canon, Minolta, Nikon, Olympus and Pentax) finished them off. They ceased production in 1978.

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