Olympus Chrome Six
In 1948, Olympus launched the Chrome Six I, an updated version of the Olympus Six of 1940 and its first postwar release of a folding camera for 120 film. The cameras were produced at the Suwa Plant in Nagano Prefecture. They were packaged and shipped on the same day to camera stores in Tokyo.
In 1951 Olympus launched the Olympus Chrome Six IIIA, a successor to the Olympus Chrome Six I. The camera featured a film tensioner which held the film flat against the pressure plate. This feature was the first of its kind. The Olympus Chrome Six RIIA was launched four years later in 1955. It had a high-precision rangefinder (not coupled with the lens), and was the most advanced version of the series.
- Olympus Camera History, accessed 17 May 2008
- Sōichirō Matsuzaki (松崎惣一郎, Matsuzaki Sōichirō), "Orinpasu kamera no subete 2: supuringu kamera <sengo-hen>" (オリンパスカメラのすべて2・スプリングカメラ戦後編, "All of Olympus cameras 2: folding cameras [postwar]"), Kamera Rebyū: Kurashikku Kamera Senka (カメラレビュー クラシックカメラ専科) / Camera Review: All about Historical Cameras no. 20, 25 March 1992, pp.16–8 (in Japanese); Sōichirō Matsuzaki, "'Orinpasu kurōmu shikkusu' to sono koto domo" (「オリンパスクロームシックス」とその周辺のことども, "About the 'Olympus Chrome Six'"), Kamera Rebyū: Kurashikku Kamera Senka (カメラレビュー クラシックカメラ専科) / Camera Review: All about Historical Cameras 76, June 2005 (ISBN 4-257-13078-4), Kurashikku kamera katachi to kinō 'supuringu kamera hen' (クラシックカメラ形と機能「スプリングカメラ編」, special issue on spring cameras), pp.28–31 (in Japanese).
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