|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. 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.
Donated by D. & G. Pizzie, June 2001
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Shutter, B, 30, 60, 125 and 250th/sec
Lens, Halinar Anastigmat 45mm f/2.8
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