Post by belgiumreporter on Aug 29, 2015 8:19:24 GMT -5
When i went to look what was on the shelves of my favourite camera store i saw this neoca 35 ivs. I didn't know anyting about these cameras, but it looked nicz the price was right and everything worked so i decided to give it a new home. When searching the net for more it seemed all of the other neoca's (for sale) appear to be located in the US. Here's mine :
Oh and ! a did find a Pentax Me motordrive and a polaroid SX70 as well so my trip to the store was not in vain
Neocas came at the period after the war when Japanese goods were unpopular, or were restricted from sale, or had very high import duties placed upon them. Neoca were out of business before the British restrictions were dropped, so none were imported. But a few were on the second hand market as US servicemen, or Tourists, sold them over here.
Most 1950's cameras from Japanese makers were not imported, and any that went out of business before 1960 do not often appear here. The first Japanese cameras that came here were mainly re-labled for sale here by large importers like Rank Photographic, who sold Mamiya here. The same happened in Germany, where you would think there was little interest in Japanese cameras, but they were so much cheaper that distributors took some under the names of the group, like Porst.
Neoca are better than average at the time, and early models, like the 35 III, were styled to look like Nikon or Contax. The lenses were quite good, but reliability of the mechanisms was a bit poor. The lenees were made in house by Neoca.
Last Edit: Aug 31, 2015 11:24:23 GMT -5 by Stephen