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5 frames with a Meikai EL/Harmony – A 35 mm box camera with a rangefinder face – by Tobias Eriksson

I bought this camera because I’d tried to use its half-frame sister the Mesupii in the past, but had failed. There was a mechanical problem with the winding. I still wanted to try a very simple camera – then this one showed up at a bargain price. I knew this camera would be very limited, like the Mesupii.

To give you an idea of how simple this camera is I’d like you to picture a Brownie-type box camera. To take a picture with the Brownie you just press the release. In some cases you get one where you can choose between one to three aperture settings. When you’ve taken the picture you wind on ’til you see the next digit in the little red hole. And remember to not expect focus in less than 1,5 to two meters.

The above description can be used for the Harmony camera.

You wind the film – a motion which also cocks the shutter – choose your aperture of choice (8, 11, 22), point and click! It’s that easy. I used a 400 ASA film which got me better shadow details. I suspect that the shutter exposes at 1/60th of a second.

I don’t mind using limited cameras, and they usually produce pictures – even a shoe box with a pinhole would – so why not. These are not the type of pictures I want particularly pin-sharp.

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    CJS
    August 11, 2019 at 10:22 am

    Now this was interesting! I get tired of reading about those boring Leicas.
    Have you come across the divine Meikai Mango Camera?

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      Flashknappen
      August 11, 2019 at 12:27 pm

      Thanks! I agree. There are so many other cameras to use as well. The Mango I’ve not had the pleasure to encounter. Looking forward to doing so.

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    Keith Tomlinson
    August 11, 2019 at 10:36 am

    Love the photos.

    My approach with my Olympus Trip and Rollei 35 are pretty similar to be honest.

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      Flashknappen
      August 11, 2019 at 12:30 pm

      Thanks! When one wants to snap use a snapshot camera. Easy!

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    Roger B
    August 11, 2019 at 2:40 pm

    Your images are proof anew of the old adage: Good photos are more the product of the photographer than the camera.

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    Peter
    August 11, 2019 at 4:24 pm

    Great photos! I like the way they seem take one back to a simpler time!

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      Flashknappen
      August 11, 2019 at 7:28 pm

      You just nailed that which is in part my aesthetic credo 🙂

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