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Halina Super

Good friend of mine in England sent me his Super Halina 35x in a camera swap.
This camera was "Empire Made" in Hong Kong possibly circa 1960 when the Colony was under British control. It is similar to the Mocronta 35x, with the addition of a better viewfinder that features a brightline frame, and a shutter that is armed automatically during winding, with a rapid wind lever.

Here are film results, using a 12 exposure roll of Walgreens Studio 35 ASA 200 print film.
It did show respectable lens sharpness. However it did also exhibit considerable vignetting at smaller apertures. I believe this has to do with shutter design, which causes the blades to open and close progressively, the way an Argus C3 behaves, giving more light to center of frame area, rather than to snap quickly open then shut as most other designs do.

First, are some pictures from the great Pevely Flea Market.
Pevely is about 20 miles southeast of here on the old highway leading from St.Louis toward Memphis. The good weather produced a good crowd last weekend. The location was a Drive In movie theater decades ago, and they never removed the silver screen.
In the interests of privacy, I have made some faces unrecognizable with software.

To help finish off the 12 exposure roll, I shot a few here at home. The Virginia Creeper grows in our back fence, and the color either shows drought distress, or the beginnings of autumn color.
The morning glories are invading our back door in the carport. That shot was done at 3 feet, the closest focus for the lens.

All images are 2007 E.J.Kowalski.
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