|Halina Paulette 35mm viewfinder camera, c1960s|
Halina Paulette, made by Haking. Haking manufactured cameras in Hong Kong about the time when products made in that province had a reputation for being cheap and rather nasty. The Halina Paulette supports that notion perfectly. The aim was to produce a camera very cheaply that looked about right, beauty being skin deep in this case. It is basically wearing a disguise, for underneath that nicely applied chrome plate lies a motley collection of poorly made and finished components. The core is an injection moulded plastic component onto which the mechanics are held with self tapping screws. The shells are injection moulded plastic and include the leather effect textured finish. However, (yes there is a however!) it does take photographs, it can be focussed, shutter and aperture altered and, perhaps most impressively, it has a light meter that not only still works but actually gives sensible readings too.
Donated by D. & G. Pizzie, June 2001
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