(1963-1967) A Carl Zeiss 25mm (f2.5-22) Tessar lens on a submini, producing 12x17mm negatives. Built-in selenium meter. Fully automatic exposure control with film speeds from ISO 12 - 200. Shutter speed (B, 1/30 - 1/500) and aperture are set by the meter. The lens focused to 1.3 feet and additional close-up lenses were available. In addition, wide angle (15mm) and telephoto (43mm) converters were made (called Mutars), making this a very versatile, system camera. Push-pull film transport like the Minox, but the film is rewound into its original cassette like a 35mm camera. Made in black and chrome. Uses single perforated film in a single RADA-like, Rollee cassette. Double-perf film can be used, but the image is partially cut off. The film must have at least one set of perforations since these are needed to advance the film. Accessories include filters, measuring chain, wrist strap, case, tripod adapter, and flash gun. It is rated as having one of the best submini lenses ever made but problems with film jams led to a bad reputation. A sprocket basically pushes the film from the cassette into the film holding chamber. At the end of the roll, the film is rewound, just like a 35mm camera. About 28,000 of these beauties were made.
(1966-1972) This version is very similar in extenal appearance and features, but changed the method of film advance in an attempt to solve problems with jamming of the film. Specifically, the original model used one cog to advance the film.. This version had two cogs, one on each side of the film plane (on the same side of the film). It helped, but did not solve the problem completely -- which is basically that the camera has to "stuff" the exposed film into the takeup cassette. Uses single perforated film in a single RADA-like Rollei cassette. Double-perf film can be used, but the image is partially cutoff. A sprocket basically pushes the film from the cassette into the film holding chamber. At the end of the roll, the film is rewound, just like a 35mm camera.Available in cream snake, black snake, black, green, and red. About 20,000 of these beauties were made.
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