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Another Bolsey Model C

This was a recent acquisition from online auction. It was described as "non-working," "for parts or repair." However, it was in fact complete and functioning, apparently the vendor did not know about the unique Bolsey double exposure lockout system.
Camera needed various fasteners tightened, and general cleaning.

The Model C was fairly unique, a very tiny solid metal 35mm camera that features BOTH split image rangefinder, and waist level ground glass coupled TLR focusing.

Film test was with Konica Minolta Centuria 200 film, starting at the St.Louis Zoo's Herpetarium, and ending up on Big River in Cedar Hill, Missouri.
Villa Magnolia was established in 1926. It is a Club overlooking Big River, offering receptions and banquets, name entertainment, various sports, and access to the river including boat rental. try a Google search for more info.

The camera is not the easiest to operate. Speed and aperture settings are not visible from above, and the on-the-lens-barrel shutter release takes real practice to avoid shake... I used a small cable release for most shots, it helped.
Coated lens was adequate in sharpness... however, this one has moderate scratching of front surface, and this resulted in areas of milky flare in many frames. I hope to eventually swap out the front glass assembly.

All images are 2007 E.J.Kowalski
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