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Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Man Behind Canon's First Camera - Goro Yoshida

Mr. Goro Yoshida of Canon

Canon's first camera - Kwanon

Canon UK posted an image of Mr. Goro Yoshida, the creator and driving force of Canon’s first ever camera, the Kwanon on their Twitter page. Find out about the birth of the Kwanon, Japan’s first 35mm focal-plane-shutter camera and Goro Yoshida’s engagement in Canon Camera Museum’s “History Hall” article. Below is an excerpt from the article :

When asked why he disassembled a Leica camera to produce his Japanese made, high-grade 35mm cameras, Yoshida explained in later years :

“I just disassembled the camera without any specific plan, but simply to take a look at each part. I found there were no special items like diamonds inside the camera. The parts were made from brass, aluminum, iron and rubber. I was surprised that when these inexpensive materials were put together into a camera, it demanded an exorbitant price. This made me angry”.

The Telegraph published an “Evolution in Pictures” for Canon’s celebration of the 80th anniversary of the Kwanon. From Canon’s historical article :

The prototype camera was named “Kwanon” because Yoshida was a believer in “Kwannon, the Buddhist Goddess of Mercy.” The camera’s logo depicted a thousand-arm Kwannon Goddess, and even its lens was named “Kasyapa” which came from Mahakasyapa, a disciple of the Buddha.

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