Wednesday, May 22, 2013

The User's Review: Revue SC3 35 mm Camera, Made in 1980s?

Although Revue SC3 was made in Japan and is similar to Chinon CM-4s, I feel that SC3 was designed by German based on its look, its rewind knob and its memo holder.

Like Chinon CM-4s, Revue SC3 also has a Pentax K lent mount; Its focusing screen is of horizontally-split image with microprism collar; Shutter speeds are between 1 - 1000 plus B; ASA/DIN range between 25/15 - 1600/33; 3 LEDs of metering are mounted on the left side of viewfinder frame, indicating over (red), right (green) and under (red) exposure from top to bottom. Press the shutter button half way to activate the exposure meter, the LEDs will be off after ~13 s. The light meter is power by 2 V76PX cell batteries; The self-timer is a little bit tricky. you can set it up before or after cocking, but you must push the self time handle to start it. With the time on, if you press the shutter button, it will fire the shutter immediately; On the shutter button, is the socket of shutter cable, but there are not PC flash socket and DOF preview.  

The opening of memo holder is on the left side, different from
CM-4s and most Japanese cameras with the opening on top.

The location of the 3 LED may reduce the chance of
their light to reach the film during a long time exposure.
This is a issue for other models such as Yashica Fx-3
with the 3 LED inside the viewfinder.

Revue SC3 is a manual camera with a bright viewfinder. The batteries are used for the meter only. The camera shell is made of plastic except the detachable metal film door.

My copy of Revue SC3 is a used, coming with two parts, the lens cap and batteries, marked 'made in Germany'. I believe that the batteries are the first set ever installed.

Revue SC3 should be durable because I see some wounds on my SC3, caused by dropped.

Unlike in Europe, SC3 and other Revue models are not common in the States.

1 comment:

  1. "The camera shell is made of plastic except the detachable metal film door."
    This is not exactly right. Under the thin layer of plastic it is an ALL metal cast camera.