Welmy cameras

Vintage Welmy Cameras

Taisei Koki made cameras under the Welmy name, and also supplied cameras for others to rebadge, such as the American Kalimar concern. There was a big explosion of camera manufacturers in Japan after WW2, some of which survived to become household names, and some, such as Welmy, didn’t.  Vintage Welmy cameras are therefore not commonly seen.

Welmy M2 / Westomat 35 / Kalimar A

Date: c.1956
Country of origin: Japan
Rangefinder: None – viewfinder only.
Meter: None
Shutter: Leaf
Speeds: B 25 50 100 200
Lens: Terion 1:3.5 45mm (3-element, front cell focusing)
Stops: 3.5 4 5.6 8 11 16 (continuous)
A simple and simply-built camera.  Later versions had a self-cocking shutter

Vintage Welmy cameras - Welmy 35 / Kalimar A / Westomat 35
Welmy 35