As much as we love our "historical first" digital cameras, we are an even bigger sucker for these super-rare/antique/pricey film cameras from far away lands; and the Kyoto Seiko "Lovely" subminature is no exception. In fact we highly recommend poking around the auction page and checking out some of the other photos of it...what a beaut!
According to Ebayer Williamf629, this little guy takes 14x14mm images on 17.5 paperbacked roll film. It measures about 2 1/2 inches by 1 1/4 inches by 1-inch, definitely bigger than the spy camera we featured a few weeks back, but still very tiny.
This camera was made by Kyoto back in 1948 and features only three shutter speeds: 1/25 sec, 1/50 sec and 1/100 sec. It also offers a fixed 17.5mm lens.
It should also be mentioned that, thanks to its crazy low serial number, this subminature fetched $12,913 at a Christie's auction back in 1991. While not highly functional, there is no doubt that the "lovely" is well, quite lovely to look at.
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