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    Not sure which came first, Fuji's Nexia APS film and cameras or the Daewoo version of the GM Astra car.

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    I've heard that Bronica was a Japanese adaptation of the term "Brownie," referring to the film size (120 film being "brownie film"); incidentally, Brownie cameras were named after characters popularized by Palmer Cox in the late 19th-early 20th century.

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    The "M" sync setting is for GE's Mazda base bulbs (not related to the Japanese car company). Obviously the "X" setting was for xenon.

    Mazda was an ancient Persian name for God that means light. How GE found that as a product brand name is anybody's guess.
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    Quote Originally Posted by michaelbsc View Post
    The "M" sync setting is for GE's Mazda base bulbs.
    I doubt this.

    M seems to stand for medium response time
    F for fast response
    FP for focal plane (-shutter usability)


    This all seems to be about light emittance characteristics.

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    Quote Originally Posted by michaelbsc View Post
    Mazda was an ancient Persian name for God that means light. How GE found that as a product brand name is anybody's guess.
    Light bulbs?

    http://www.adclassix.com/images/18mazdalightbulbs.jpg
    http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1186/...fd12d5c863.jpg

    EDIT: I see your point now. How, not why!


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    I have a tin box of GE Mazda-- light bulbs (not flash bulbs) for cars from the 1930's.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AgX View Post
    I doubt this.

    M seems to stand for medium response time
    F for fast response
    FP for focal plane (-shutter usability)


    This all seems to be about light emittance characteristics.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mazda_%28light_bulb%29

    Apparently GE acquired the Mazda name rather than coming up with it in a marketing campaign. Interestingly the Wiki article also has the religious reference.

    You could be correct that it means "medium" instead of Mazda, but I researched it about as extensively as one can in a "casual armchair internet fashion" a few years ago. I admit that won't pass academic muster. But I was looking at shutter mechanism information, not light bulb information. Once I found the Mazda connection I had to track down the Persian god reference by myself. But who knows if the Mazda connection I found was right.

    (I know it must be true because I found it on the internet!!!)

    The "M" was supposedly indicative of flash bulbs with the Mazda style base, what has now become known as a medium style screw base, while the "X" was indicative of the Xenon strobe. I cannot say what shutter manufacturer was responsible for the markings originally.

    MB
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    a few camera names

    Zorki Mir = Peace or World

    Rodina by Moskinap = Motherland or Motherland-National Patriotic Union

    Eclair = Lightning or a long cream-filled French pastry

    Zenith

    and many more

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    I'm pretty sure Pentax is a surcharge on writing insturments .....

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    Hasselblad = Hazel Leaf.


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