The objective of this page is to provide an at-a-glance overview of model name variations, and the differences between the two groups of otherwise very similar cameras.

Aliases, rebadges, rebrands & non-existents

 

Beauty 35

Beauty Super II

Super L

Lightomatic*

Lightomatic II

Lightomatic III

Alias

-

-

-

Beauty LM

-

Beauty Lite III

Rebadged

Milo 35/Ward 35

-

-

-

-

-

* Some US marketing referred to this model as the Beau Lightomatic.

 

* I can find no evidence supporting the existence of any of these models. All the "non-existent" cameras appear to be attributable to perpetuated typos, such as the one illustrated here (from Flickr), and from which 1,797 people may have gained the impression there was a "Lightmatic II", especially if they only looked at accompanying photos where the top-plate name was not visible. Similarly, Lightomatic LM was probably a combination of "Lightomatic & LM", while LM2 is likely an abbreviation of "LightoMatic II", and Lightmatic III is just a typo.

Rebranded

Gen 35

Varicon S II

Varicon Super L/SL

-

-

-

Non-existent*

-

-

-

Lightomatic LM

LM2

Lightmatic III

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35-type lenses & shutters

(excluding the 35)

 

Lenses (elements)

Canter f/2.8 (5)

Canter S f/1.9 (6)

Canter S f/2 (6)

Biokor f/2.8 (4)

Shutters

Syncro-Compur

Copal MX

Copal MXV

Copal SV

Super 35

[10]

-

-

-

1/500

1/300

1/300

-

Canter 35

[10]

[10]

-

-

-

-

1/500

-

Super II

[5]

[10]

[5]

-

-

-

1/500 (f/1.9)

1/500 (f/2 & 2.8)

Beaumat

[No., of blades]

-

-

-

[5]

-

-

-

1/500

All 35 type lenses are 45mm, and aperture steps are not click-stopped, apart from the Beaumat which has a soft click stop.

Copal MX and MXV 1/300th shutters have the steps - 1, 1/2, 1/5, 1/10, 1/25, 1/50, 1/100, 1/300.
Syncro-Compur and Copal MXV 1/500th shutters have the steps - 1, 1/2, 1/5, 1/10, 1/25, 1/50, 1/100, 1/250, 1/500.
Copal SV shutters have the steps - 1, 1/2, 1/4, 1/8, 1/15, 1/30, 1/60, 1/125, 1/250, 1/500.

Lightomatic-type lenses, shutters & viewfinders

 

Lenses (elements)

Canter S (6)

Beauty S (6)

Biokor S (6)

Shutters

Copal SVL

Copal SV

Viewfinder

Paralax correcting

Meter pointer

Adjustable meter

Adjustable rangefinder

Super L

 

yes

-

-

yes

-

-

-

yes

-

Lightomatic

yes*

yes

-

-

yes

yes

-

yes

-

Lightomatic II, III & SP

-

-

yes

-

yes

yes

yes

yes (not SP)

yes

* I have seen a couple of images of the LM (Lightomatic) with a Canter lens, but the majority have a Beauty S.

All lightomatic type lenses are 45mm f/1.9 and have 5 blade diaphragms. The aperture steps are not click-stopped.

All Lightomatic type shutters have the steps - 1, 1/2, 1/4, 1/8, 1/15, 1/30, 1/60, 1/125, 1/250, 1/500.

Lens caps

  1. 35 - unknown? (not shown)

  2. Super 35 - 42mm, silver, BEAUTY in capitals (not shown).

  3. Canter 35 - 42mm, silver, Canter in lower case.

  4. Super II - 42mm, silver, BEAUTY in italic capitals with an offset background circle.

  5. Super L - 48mm, silver, BEAUTY in italic capitals with an offset background circle.

  6. Lightomatic - 48mm, silver, LIGHTOMATIC in small capitals.

  7. LM - 48mm, silver, Beauty in lower case italics.

  8. Beaumat - 48mm, black, Beaumat in lower case.

  9. Lightomatic II - 48mm, black , "LIGHTOMATIC" in small capitals.

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Up until 1959, Taiyodo Koki and Beauty cameras had a unique, push-fit, lens caps, with logos in a font that matched the model name engraved into the camera body (except for the Super II and Super L, which shared a common cap with a non-matching font). These were good quality; made of aluminium, with matt black painted insides and a strip of flocking on the inside flange to aid grip.

In 1960, the caps were made of 3mm thick black plastic, but still of good quality (Beaumat & Lightomatic II).

1961 marked a change to thin, and cheap looking black plastic lens caps, lacking a camera-matching design.