The Shincho Seiki Darling-16 came out in the mid-50s. It is a vertically-styled camera, made of black plastic, with metal covering front and back. It resembles a twin lens camera or a movie camera. It is also large for a subminiature at 100x40x50mm (4 x1 5/8 x2 inches)
The negative size is 10x12mm on 16mm un-perforated film giving 14 exposures. The film cartridge is similar to the Mamiya with the take up spool having a crossed slot and the feed cartridge is plain. Fixed 35mm (f8.0, f11,f22) lens giving it an equivalent of 85mm lens in the full-framed 35mm format. Range of 0.9m (3 feet) to infinity. Viewfinder has black line for framing short distances (within 1.2m - 4ft). The Darling only had two speeds, B and I (1/50), similar to many other subminiature cameras of this period.
The later model added flash synchronisation, moving the aperture selection to the lens. It was sold as an outfit comprising of a camera, flash, close up attachment and developing tank.
It was only available in a black bakelite body but green, red and yellow lettering have been seen. There are also variations in the dials on the side of the camera.
A variations was made with "Albert Fifth Avenue New York" on the front plate.
Updated on 2nd January 2005