Kashiwa Seiko Co., in 1949, manufactured a small 35mm camera with the strange 24x26mm format.
At least two models where made. The more expensive used a Cooky Runer anstigmat f/2.8 40mm lens, while the cheaper Cooky 35 sported a Cooky Zephyr f/3.5 40mm lens otherwise the two camera are identical. Shutter speeds of 1/25, 1/50 and 1/100 with an eye level optical viewfinder in the middle of the top plate. Engraved COOKY 35 and PATENT KASHIWASEIKO on the top.
The Robin 35 with engraving Hokuto Co and lens marked Robiner Anastigmat 40mm f/3.5, is an otherwise identical camera but the later Robin 35MII uses 24x28mm format.
Aperture is adjustable to f/22.
It is likely that the lens numbers started at 10001 and ran in a same sequence
for all the lenses. This would indicate that the Robin 35 and Cooky 35 were made
simultaneously, perhaps for different distributors. It seems that only a few
examples were made, surely little more than 500.
Last updated 29th September 2005