5 frames with a Meikai EL/Harmony – A 35mm 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.

Thank you for reading!

See my blog tobbetecknare.blogspot.se!

Contribute to 35mmc for an Ad-free Experience

There are two ways to experience 35mmc without the adverts:

Paid Subscription - £2.99 per month and you'll never see an advert again! (Free 3-day trial).
Subscribe here.

Content contributor - become a part of the world’s biggest film and alternative photography community blog. All our Contributors have an ad-free experience for life.
Sign up here.

About The Author

8 thoughts on “5 frames with a Meikai EL/Harmony – A 35mm box camera with a rangefinder face – by Tobias Eriksson”

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

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

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Scroll to Top