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1952-1953. First Japanese 35mm SLR, first Asahi Kōgaku camera. Single flash socket. There were about 7500 cameras manufactured, for the Japanese market only.

Asahi: Asahiflex I camera

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by minitw » Fri Nov 02, 2012 5:42 pm

I just tried bidding for an Asahiflex I that is what I would call in C condition, but A stopped at $500. It ended up selling for $857! The back leather is completely gone, there is a crack in the viewfinder, and the shutter doesn't work. So what do you think one in working condition in decent shape is running for? $2,000? ... 1435.l2649

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by diser » Fri Nov 02, 2012 5:53 pm

The value is definitely lower, considering previous auctions. Unfortunately, there were no recent (5-10 yrs) auctions at all, no hammer ones (one at Christie's in 2007, but the condition is arguable), no eBay ones.
Considering this is a historically valuable camera for Japanese folks:
- first Japanese SLR camera (even before Nikon and Canon SLRs),
- first Asahi/Pentax camera,
they may have been keeping these cameras to themselves during the past years. I have been to Japan, visited several stores, none of them had this camera either.
Yes, I'd say a working camera in decent condition could easily fetch a price close to $2K.

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by diser » Fri Nov 02, 2012 6:03 pm

Additional information, I'll put this in a camera description: according to Gerjan van Oosten, there were ~7500 cameras manufactured, for the Japanese market only.

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by bigjojo » Mon Dec 17, 2012 4:37 pm

Comme beaucoup le savent ebay n'existe pratiquement pas au Japon, mais Yahoo est très puissant. Je visite son site de temps en temps et j'ai déja vu passer 2 (deux) Asahiflex Je(le premier). Actuellement un est en vente pour 65000 yens. Il est plutot dans la fourchette superieure de prix. Le précedent s'est vendu mois de 30000 yens il y a un mois. La difficulté c'est de trouver un moyen pour le faire venir en Europe (ou aux USA) mais je crois avoir trouvé une bonne solution.

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by diser » Mon Dec 17, 2012 6:03 pm

I checked yahoo japanese auctions, and you are right, they do have more interesting items than ebay.
Thanks for pointing this out!

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by minitw » Thu Dec 20, 2012 6:31 pm

What's the website for Yahoo Japanese auctions? Is everything in Japanese? Too bad my Japanese reading is not so great. :(

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by bigjojo » Sun Dec 23, 2012 3:04 pm

The website is Google translate in English. After you find step by step.

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by Madd10 » Mon Feb 11, 2013 1:40 am

There was a sale on ebay on feb 10: ... 1423.l2649
sold for US $695,20

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by diser » Mon Feb 11, 2013 11:59 am

Yes, there was :) I was bidding on it, didn't get it though.

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by Madd10 » Tue Feb 12, 2013 12:50 am

I was only watching (after it went through $500), I would still have to pay the shipment costs and import duties I guess ;)

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