Lomopedia: Franka NX-40


Our Community loves all things analogue, it's a wonderful thing. We're open to the idea that we all have different tastes in equipment and film, whilst taking pride in our own choice of camera — no matter how luxurious or simple they may be. This week we take a look at the humble Franka NX-40, a camera that you've probably seen before but never thought to learn more about.

Franka NX-40 © Scribe via Flickr, Image used under Creative Commons license

The Franka NX-40 was a 35 mm viewfinder camera that had a fixed plastic lens, fixed shutter speed, and four variable aperture settings. It was made of a lightweight plastic material and was estimated to have been put on the market in the 1980s. The NX-40 was a basic camera with very few controls but was styled to look like it meant business. It even had a hot shoe mount to accommodate a flash and a contoured hand grip with protruding ridges for better handling.

When the NX-40 was first released it was very inexpensive, even being given away a freebie for certain products. Some owners even claimed that rebranded NX-40s were making their debut under labels such as “TIME cameras.” This isn’t a surprise considering many companies gave out cameras as freebies to attract buyers. Nowadays, anyone who’s looking for an NX-40 should keep an eye out at garage sales, fairs, and weekend markets if they’re serious about snagging one for their collection.

Franka NX-40 © Lisa Fotios via Pexels

While it may not be the easiest camera to find, it surely attracts attention with its unusual styling and name. Franka (Franka-Kamerawerk to be exact) was the name of a famous camera manufacturer back in the day, but unfortunately, the NX-40 only carried its name by accident. It was, by no means, manufactured by the now-defunct Franka company which was based in the Bavarian region of Obenfranken. The NX-40 was said to have been manufactured in Taiwan and models were stamped with “R.O.C” or Republic of China.

However, sometimes the simplest things bring the best experiences. Who knows, maybe shooting with a camera like the NX-40 is just the jolt you need to put the spring back in your step. You’ll probably need to tape the back door closed and seal up a light leak or two but that’s perfectly okay. It’s not always about the results, the beauty of this camera reveals itself at the moment.

You can also find a lot of fun cameras (that you don’t have to worry about taping together) on our Online Shop. We have everything you need to take the scenic route back to creative film photography.

Photos Taken by Our Community

Credits: turnerhaney & amy-fotografija

Technical Specifications

Type: 35 mm viewfinder camera
Lens: Fixed plastic 50 mm lens
Shutter Speed: Fixed
Max Aperture: f/6.0
Flash: Hotshoe
Dimensions: 12.5 cm × 8 cm
Weight: 210 grams

All information needed was sourced from Rob Nunn Photo, Camerapedia, and Flickr.

written by cheeo on 2018-11-03 #gear #gear #35-mm #lomopedia #franka-nx-40


  1. msiegel
    msiegel ·

    @jamescat22 Those went by many names, like Akira SLR (which it was not), Canomatic, Franks JW 77. Mean thing about them was that they were sold at incredibly high prices to people who did not know better. Often from the car boot (trunk) on supermarket parking.
    To see a galery

  2. _fin_
    _fin_ ·

    Very similar to the Civica MX-V, sold for a seemingly bargain price in the UK in the 90s. Features include a shutter button that looks like it would accept a standard tapered cable release but doesn't, a PVC case with the word 'Camera' embossed in a Canon style font and an ugly slug of metal plate inside the base of it, to make it feel like there is some sort of quality in there... Somewhere... You can however remove the weight without affecting the camera's operation if you feel it's a bit heavy for everyday use!

    I bought mine brand new because it came with a little flight case that I wanted, and some other junk that I didn't. Only run a couple of films through it, and I got some pretty good results! Only thing to watch out for with these (so I've read) is to rewind the film very slowly and carefully, or better still, unload and manually rewind in a daylight bag. The mechanism is very fragile and can be broken very easily!

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