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Mystery Leica Copy Prototype?

Nicca Prototype or conversion??

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You won't find this one in any of the Leica Copy books -- or at least I certainly didn't.  Without a rangefinder or viewfinder built into the body, it was apparently intended for microscope or instrument work.  Nicca did make a   Microscope camera without a viewfinder or rangefinder.   Interestingly, the body top and bottom plates are painted an olive green.

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This camera has NO MANUFACTURER'S MARKINGS.  Very careful examination of the body however, has convinced me that this is based  upon either the Nicca 5L or Nicca/Yashica YF.   It has the same back door loading, the same size body, identical body covering, and an identical baseplate engraving for "Open/Close" and "Japan."   It has no flash sync, and the shutter speeds are (in order):  B, 20, 10, 25, 50, 100, 200 crudely engraved on an aluminum shutter speed dial.   The advance knob seems to have come off a Leica.  The rewind lever appears to be   typical late 1950's Japanese manufacture.     

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This camera, however, has a crudeness about it that shouts "Prototype" or "Conversion." I personally believe it is a Prototype because no one in their right mind would have gone to this much trouble needlessly to convert a Nicca  5L or YF for microscope work --- when all they had to do was leave the camera alone and just mount it.  This much work only makes sense if you are making a prototype or test camera. 

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While the rear door seems identical to the Nicca 5L, the pressure plate is smaller.

IF anyone out there can identify this camera, please let me   know.


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