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Yashica was a Japanese manufacturer of cameras.


The company began in December, 1949 in Nagano, Japan, when the Yashima Seiki Company was founded with an initial investment of $566.Heiberg, Milton, The Yashica Guide, A Modern Camera Guide Series Book, New York: Amphoto Press, ISBN 0-8174-2151-3, p. 10 Later, they began making camera components, and by June 1953 had introduced their first complete camera, the Yashimaflex, a twin-lens reflex (TLR) medium-format camera designed for 6x6cm medium format film. While the Yashimaflex used lenses labeled Tri-Lausar, successive models used Yashikor and Yashinon lenses. All of these lenses were manufactured for Yashica by the Tomioka Optical Works, beginning a relationship that would last for years.Condax, Phillip, The Evolution Of The Japanese Camera, Rochester, NY: International Museum of Photography (1984), ISBN 9780935398113

In 1957, Yashima founded Yashica, Inc., a subsidiary arm in New York City to manage marketing efforts in the USA.Modern Photography (December 1957), p. 133Heiberg,...
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