WISTA originated from their former company, Musashino Optics who manufactured Rittreck SP (6x9 Single-Lens Reflex),Rittreck 6 (6x6 Single-Lens Reflex), Rittreck View (5x7 Technical Compact) Shanel Shutter and Sinox Enlarger.

From 1968 to 1972 Musashino had been separated into a manufacturing and a sales company, Rittreck Trading Co. Because of trouble with lens maker for Rittreck 6, Musashino closed and Rittreck Trading Co. became both maker and seller of the cameras, except Rittreck 6.

Taking the opportunity of developing Wista 45 (4x5 technical compact camera) in 1972,the name of the company was changed to WISTA COMPANY, LTD. Since then all products have been unified under the WISTA brand and design dedicated to professional photographic equipment and accessories.

At present,the following products are being supplied. 3 models of 4x5 Technical Compact Cameras,Wooden Field Cameras, Monorail View Camera, 4 models of Multi-Lens Cameras for ID, 3 models of Rollfilm Holders,10 models of Studio Stands for cameras,Wooden Tripod, Various accessories for tele/close up and wide angle photography as well as various magnifiers and photo finishing equipment and material.


Made by Musashino/ later by Wista Discontinued in 1984

Typical construction by metal diecast for 5x7. Universal for 6.5x8.5", 5x7,4.7x6.5",4x5 Rollfilm.2K back tilt

RITTRECK SP Made by Musashino

6x9 Single-Lens Reflex,the only domestic-made with focal plane shutter,TB,1/2-1/500 sec Luminant brand lenses 92-400mm were available Reversible winding of Rollfilm Holder to maintain flatness of film, so dark room works was required. Frost-proof camera was used by the South Pole Survey Team.