#### cjoliprsf

##### Mu-43 Veteran

How was it in 1973? I recently found in my things a box-full of old issues from the 1970s of the French magazine "PHOTO" - a beautiful magazine by the way. In the #66 of March 1973, there is a review of all the 24x36mm reflex cameras on the market. The number of makers is quite amazing, as is the number of models. The photographer of those days really had a lot more selections available than we now have!

The names we still know or that still hang around the camera business:

Asahi Pentax had 4 models including the Spotmatic

Canon had 5 models

Fujica had 2 models

Konica had 3 models of "Autoreflex" (now living in Sony)

Leicaflex had 2 models

Mamiya had 4 models (they left the field to concentrate on larger format)

Minolta had 4 models including the SRT-101 (now living in Sony)

Nikon had 2 models plus 2 models of Nikkormat

Olympus had the FTL and was introducing the OM 1

Ricoh had 3 models (merged with Pentax)

So this section includes 10 brands that made a total of 33 models of cameras

And then there are the names we might remember and those that are now completely forgotten...

Alpa (Swiss) had 2 models

Bell & Howell (USA) had 1 model

Chinon (Japan) had 1 model

Cosina (Japan) had 2 models

Edixa (West Germany) had 1 model

Exakta (West Germany) had 1 model

Kowa (Japan) had 1 model

Miranda (Japan) had 4 models

Petri (Japan) had 2 models

Praktica (East Germany) had 3 models

Regula (Japan) had 1 model

Rollei (West Germany / Singapour) had 1 model

Seagull (China) had 1 model

Topcon (Japan) had 5 models

Yashica (Japan) had 2 models

Zeiss Ikon (West Germany) had 2 models of Contarex

Zenit (USSR) had 2 models

This makes an additional 17 brands for 32 models.

So, in 1973, one could choose between 27 makers of ILCs for a total of 65 models of 24x36mm reflex cameras!

Now we are down to 8 makers of which a few have serious financial problems and might drop the business.