Here's what I find for Asanuma & Co. LTD:
$548,488,000.00 in imports annually
Importer of Optical Instruments, Photographic instruments and equipment (medical uses)
Brand Names: King, Fujicolor ?!
Once part of Tokina
So, as their principal business was/is importation, the camera could have been made anywhere and "branded" with the King name.
Asanuma is much older than Tokina - it dates back to 1871. (See the 1871 entry in Philbert Ono's Japan photo history outline here.)
There was a brief period perhaps 20-25 years ago when camera lenses under the Asanuma name were sold in the US. For all I know, those may have been manufactured by Tokina, which later started to market lenses under its own brand.
Although Asanuma itself may have been only the marketer, I would not be surprised if your camera was indeed built in Japan.
It's soooo light compared to my Korona! And in great shape too!
Excuse me while I dissapear...I'm off playing!
Edit: OK, here's the review: Incredibly light and compact, in very good shape with good bellows (usable). Has front and back tilts, back swing, front rise, back and front focus with telescoping back extension. All controls work well, although only the front and back focus are geared. No lens storage possible on-camera because of the small size, unless tripod infill (yet to be fabricated) is removed. Definitely a user, probably the favorite!
Last edited by ragc; 11-16-2006 at 08:07 PM. Click to view previous post history.
Reason: Added info
Originally Posted by ragc
I'm not knowledgeable about old equipment but you can see many photo of
Asanuma King camera set used by a Japanese photo studio on the following page. I think such a set was pretty standard at Japanese photo studio around the war.
The three slots in the bottom of the camera are for tripod legs. Each leg goes to the slot. The photo shows Slik tripod adaptor to accomodate more modern tripod.
The camera was probably made by Tanakaichi, the predecessor of Nagaoka.
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Indeed, that is the camera!
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