Mamiya Pistol camera
The Mamiya Pistol camera is another cold war relic (1954) that was made just
for the Japanese police. It was shaped like a pistol and had a fixed-focus
45mm (f5.6-16.0) lens. It was a half-frame camera so the 45mm optic
was actually a telephoto lens. And because it was a half-frame camera,
you could catch twice as many subversives per roll. No meter; just
manual exposure. Shutter speeds of 1/50 - 1/150 with built-in auto-winder
to catch those commies in the act! Not many were made, so they are
hard to find and very pricey. But hey, the cold war could return at
any moment. The accessory gas mask is especially prized by collectors.
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