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Mamiya Six IV
fitted with Olympus Zuiko F.C. 75mm f/3.5
in Seikosha-Rapid shutter with silver face
Horizontal, self-erecting strut folder, rangefinder with focal plane focussing (instead of the more common front cell focussing).
Lens sn # 129885
Body sn : 1,000,000
This is a custom copy, with a fictitious serial number (only 360,000 Mamiya Six of all models were ever built), with a custom Mamiya-6 name engraving as well. It is most likely a presentation copy, either to a high-ranking Mamiya employee (for a special occasion) or to a politcian. The item was bought on auction at Yahoo Japan; the seller could not provide additional information on provenance, as he bought it as part of a lot from another trader.
In the background is a Mamiya-Six I (#2854) of 1941
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