Sunday, December 21, 2014

The User's Review: Sigma sa-1 35mm SLR Camera with Quartz Control

This Sigma model is closely related to Ricoh XR-7 and Sears KS-2. They all have a Pentax K mount. SA-1 has two handle pads for your right hand, and has the AE lock on the front right hand pad (easier to use with right hand only). However, SA-1 has no multiple exposure although the DOF levers. on the three models are the same.

Its build quality is very good.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

The User's Review: Promaster 2000PK Super 35mm Film Camera

The body is easy to hold because of its user-friendly design and rubber front surface. 2000PK Super has a Pentax K mount, 1/2000 s shutter speed and DOF preview. There are many plastic parts, such as battery holder and kit's lens mount. Therefore, I have a question mark on its durability.

Friday, December 5, 2014

The User's Review: Bell & Howell DIal 35 (= Canon Dial 35 2) Half-Frame 35 mm Camera in two cases, Made in USA and Japan, Released in 1968

In the bigger case, along with the camera, there is a Bell & Howell Automatic 860 electric flash made in USA. I believe, the bigger case was also made in USA although no any mark is found on the bigger case, except the B & H sign. Also was the manual printed in USA. The camera and the small case are marked 'Made in Japan'.

The camera takes a 48 mm filter, screwed in around the electric eye (the filter size is not listed in the specs of the manual, it is printed under 'hints for better pictures'); has a hot flash shoe; shows distance only in foot; has a stronger spring motor although, nowadays, many of the cameras do not have a properly-working motor. However, I think, it's OK to turn the winding grip by hand and advance the film in case of  a weak motor spring.