Konishiroku (Konica)
Pearl I & II
Hexar 75mm f4.5
Faucet, Kamigyo-ku, Kyoto
View from window of Hyogo
Prefectural Museum of Modern Art
Kiyamachi, Kyoto
Bicycle wheel, Kamigyo-ku, Kyoto
These cameras are very similar, but the Pearl II features a
coupled rangefinder and a depth-of-field scale.
Top plates of the Pearl I and Pearl II
The Konishiroku (later known as Konica) Pearl series of 6x4.5cm
folders are very nice cameras. The Pearl I doesn't have as many
conveniences as the later models, which from the Pearl II featured
coupled rangefinders, and starting with the Pearl III incorporated an
auto frame stop (no more red window), but in my opinion it's a great
folder. The 4-element Hexar lens (later models have an f3.5, but mine
have the f4.5 version) is very sharp right to the corners of the frame
and the solid construction and tiny size make it easy to take anywhere
and use discreetly.
The Classic Camera Pearl page
The final version of this camera, the Pearl IV, is quite
technically advanced for its time. I have only seen two
examples during my years in Japan. It is very rare
and both the ones I saw were priced at well over
100,000 yen (over $1,000 US dollars).

Click the link below if you want to see a Pearl IV:
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