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Four, Five, Crap - or Using Underperformer Cameras Pt. Two (Adox, Meisupii, Halina)

No. 4: Adox Golf IIA.

That release. It's a plain stupid design!

This camera has all that I need. A good set of apertures, some exposure times, with B mode. Scale focusing. Okay, the shutter is stupid. I've added a big pin so I don't cause camera shake. Because with that big release you'll get it.

When you press the shutter you can hear three little clicks in close succession. I love it. All the secrets of producing a photograph in one press.

Below are photographs I made with Lomography's redscale film. I exposed it at 50 ASA.

Look at those greens! I think that they are the strongest selling point of the redscale film for me.

The Adox lens is really good unless you poke it directly into the sun or bright reflective surfaces.

No. 5: Meisupii Half

It reminds me of a tin of sardines.

This one's all aluminium. There's no focusing, just depth of field-control when choosing the aperture at f/8-16. It is a half-frame camera, riding on the wave of the Olympus Pen types of cameras manufactured in the same era. But this one's real simple/basic/primitive.

Below are the only photos I got out of this camera, since the winding was busted from the start.

The classic furrowed brow - "is the darn shutter really moving?"

Not winding properly.

It's a boat!

No. 6: Halina 35X

A blunt copy of a far better camera.

It's a favourite of mine. You cock the shutter with a lever on the lens. Then it's all manual exposure and scale focusing.

It is all metal and heavy. The photographs it produces are flawed and dreamy and I love them!

I've made several posts about this camera here and here, and a lens mod here.

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