Only when I began preparing to review my Ansco Super Memar camera for 35mmc did I notice that the camera lacks “lugs” for attaching neck straps. I could carry it in a belly bag or belt pouch, but I really wanted to hang it around my neck for easy access.
One solution I’ve seen is to screw an appropriately sized bolt into the camera’s tripod mount and firmly tie a cord around it. But that leaves the camera hanging precariously upside down. (I could also buy a genuine Super-Memar case online… but was in a hurry to test the camera.)
And then, an idea! I own a dozen vintage cameras whose leather ready-cases might be big enough to hold the Super Memar. And most ready-case bases came with their own strap lugs. So why not see if one of them might work?
As it turned out, only one did: the case for my Yashica Lynx-14. It’s the only camera in my collection with a tripod mount centered on its base plate (like the Super Memar’s). The Lynx-14 ready-case is also just slightly larger than the Super Memar… making them an almost perfect fit.
So I screwed the camera into the Lynx-14’s ready-case base (as shown in the above photo), attached a neck strap, and headed out to burn some film for the upcoming review.
NOTE: While the fit was completely functional, it wasn’t perfect. The tripod bolt built into the Lynx-14 case is thick, and when the Ansco camera is in the case and they’re placed on a shelf, they topple over. So this little trick is better for carrying than displaying.
But if you ever face the same dilemma, this tip might help!
–Dave Powell is a Westford, Mass., writer and avid amateur photographer.
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