Project SLR production numbers...

This ongoing project is aiming to collect information about production numbers of all classical 135 film SLR's. Classical means in a first step, no Autofocus and no build-in motor drives. Therefore, I'm looking at the time frame between 1937 (Kine Exakta) to about 1985. Some classical SLR have been build after this date. However, no major improvements or new developments have been implemented.

At this place I will summarize and aggreagte the results in future. However, there is still too many chapters to write and this will take time...

For now, here is what I have so far...

Deutsche KB-Spiegelreflex - Die komplette Statistik

12.3 Millionen Spiegelreflexkameras für den Kleinbildbildfilm wurden jemals in Deutschland produziert, die allermeisten davon in Dresden. Wie sich das über die Jahre auf 21 Kameraserien aufteilt kann man im deutschen Beitrag hier lesen.

German 135 film SLR - The complete statistics

12.3 million SLR units have ever been produced for the 135 film in Germany. The by far most of them in Dresden. How this distributes over 21 camera series can be read here in an English post.

Japanese 135 film SLR's. Part 1: Nikon

Over decades Nikon has been regarded the Japanese SLR producer with the highest reputation. In addition, from the SLR start in 1959 until 1983 they only produced SLR cameras! How the different camera series contributed to their success can be read here (English post...)

Japanese 135 film SLR's. Part 2: Minolta

Minolta's success on the SLR market based on a few very modern and innovative designs. Unlike Nikon they always focused on the needs of the average amateur photographer. Most of their camera series have been a success (English post...)

Japanese 135 film SLR's. Part 3: Asahi Pentax

Asahi were the first to produce a SLR in Japan. In addition with their fabulous Spotmatic SP they ruled the market in the late '60ies and early '70ies. The SP was the first SLR which sold more than 1 million times (English post...)
Japanese 135 film SLR's. Part 4: Canon

Canon's start into the SLR market was not as successful as their dominance they gained after the launch of the AE-1. Read here, how they developed themselves to the market leader. (English post...)
Japanese 135 film SLR's. Part 5: Miranda

Today Miranda is a rather unknown Japanese camera manufacturer. During the early days of 135 SLR development they quite succesfully competed against Nikon and others. However, they missed out to find a way into mass production and went bankrupt.  (English post...)
Soviet (and post-Soviet) 135 film SLR's

Zenit is the most important brand name for SLR cameras produced in the USSR and the following post-Soviet states. Only two production sites produced about 17 million units... (English post...)

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