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The Yallu camera, sometimes referred to as the Yalluflex was made by the Yallu Optical Company Ltd in circa 1949-50. The camera is believed to be named after the Yalu river. The camera was reportedly passed out to various dealers for market feedback and the response was not favorable. It is reported from several sources that only 50 prototypes were made, however the existence of vintage ads suggests that the company was in production and was prepared to make more than just prototypes. The camera has an unusual and distinctive art-deco bell shape. It is a 35mm Twin Lens Reflex. It was fitted with a 50mm Yallu Excella lens for viewing and a 50mm Ko Shiroku f1.3 lens. The shutter provided speeds from 1 to 1/500 of a second. The company decided to discontinue to use the name Yallu optical Co and instead renamed the company the Aires Camera Industrial Company and went on to make more traditional cameras.
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