Lycon M3 — How To Sell A Camera
I love marketing people. They come up with great ideas like this Lycon M3 camera. Taking advantage of the brand awareness of both Leica and Nikon, some genius at the Yamato Camera Co. decided to slap the Lycon M3 name on a batch of Pax M3's. Then they wrote the name in a script similar to Leica's logo. Brilliant!
The camera itself, one from a collection I'm handling, is a nice little 35mm rangefinder with 45/f2.8 lens (plus a hood in its own little leather case). This specimen had its own original leather case but shared a common issue with many Yamato cameras: the focus ring was locked at infinity. However, I ran some film through it and got decent photos -- not bad for a 50-year-old camera!
You can see more vintage photographica at my shop, Past and Present!
Do you have any pictures of the Lycon camera?
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