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Buccaneer Film Test

The Buccaneer is not an elegant camera.

It is bigger than expected, and heavy, with lots of metal parts packed into the bakelite body.
Made in 1945 by Universal Camera Company of New York City, it was meant as a lower cost 35mm alternative to the Universal Mercury.

The Buccaneer features a Tricor f:3.5/50mm lens, and Chronomatic T, B, 10 - 300 shutter in a telescoping barrel.
Coupled Rangefinder.
Extinction type meter, window next to viewfinder, calculator on the back door.
And a hot shoe.

This camera is not that easy to work on, and mine was in hideous mechanical condition, pretty much just worn out.
The rangefinder is broken (not just out of adjustment), I decided it was not worth the effort to disassemble the top of the camera to do a fix.
The shutter was not working, the springs have pretty well lost their tension, and I did not have suitable replacements. After a good cleaning and playing with the springs, I got the shutter to work much of the time.

This morning we had a break in our spring rains, so I loaded the Buccaneer with a roll of Chinese Special Moments 200 film, and drove a few miles to Old Town section of House Springs, Missouri. That section of House Springs is very old, some of the buildings predate the War Between the States by decades. The Mercantile Building is a little newer, from about 1871.
From there I drove the extra couple of miles to Cedar Hill, Missouri.
The grist mill in Cedar Hill on Big River may not be standing much longer.

The camera was not easy to use, the shutter continued to fail sometimes, and the wind lock mechanism was intermittent.
The lens performed adequately, but I was not overwhelmed by the "character" of the images in its rendition.
All images are 2007 E.J.Kowalski.
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