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c1941. 120 film, 4.5x6cm exposures, folding camera.

Fujimoto: Semi Sport I camera

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by millsge » Tue Oct 18, 2011 3:10 pm

I believe that I may have a model or prototype of this camera. It is a 120 camera that is in much better condition than the picture on Collectiblend. The only brand or model names on the camera are: "F Deckel Munchen," "Compu-Rapid," (printed on the front of the control ring around the lens), and "Semi Sport" (embossed on the front of the body's leather covering on the same side as the film advance cylinder). If anyone has any ideas as to the identity of my camera, I would love to hear them.
Thanks, George

P.S.: I'm sorry for the quality of the image - I was forced to downgrade the quality of the image because of file-size limits.
Deckel Front Open Vertical HD B&W.JPG

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by diser » Tue Oct 18, 2011 6:45 pm


It is always interesting to see another version of Semi Sport. F.Deckel was a shutter manufacturer in Munich.
There were a lot of shutter/lens combinations for Semi Sport (I guess you have seen the camerapedia information), some of them are well known, others are not.
I haven't seen any prototypes, so can't vouch for that. Also I am not sure if your re-winder is original or not, it seems skewed a little, and Semi Sport rewinders I've seen were usually different.

Nevertheless, this one is an interesting piece of Japan camera history, and somewhat rare.


P.S. I have changed the maximum image size from 500Kb to 2Mb.

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by millsge » Tue Oct 18, 2011 7:51 pm

Thank you very much for your rapid reply Eugene. It is good to know what kind of camera I have. Thank you as well for increasing the maximum file limit. Here is a better more detailed image. As far as the camera's value, do you know any collectors who would be interested in it?
Deckel Front Open Vertical HD B&W.JPG

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by diser » Tue Oct 18, 2011 9:47 pm

My best bet would be to put it on eBay as a "buy it now" item for the price you are ok with, slowly getting it down.
In my opinion, this camera is not going to bring you a fortune though. I'd keep it as a display item.

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by millsge » Wed Oct 19, 2011 11:01 am

Hello Diser:

The camera actually works (with the exception of the "B" and "T" shutter settings), so I am going to attempt to take photos with it. I asked about collectors because my wife won't let me buy another camera until I sell part of my collection. I have to admit that I have filled a case and consolidated (or donated) as many books as I can so they take as little shelf space as possible and I have run out of places to display the cameras. Thank you again for your help. This website has become my favorite and I think that I spend as much time on it as I do on Facebook. I am studying it to plan a collection I want and one that is economically feasible. Best personal regards, George

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by diser » Wed Oct 19, 2011 12:31 pm

George, having the same problems here. Need to sell something before buying a new camera :roll:

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