MEOPTA 16mm CAMERAS
There appears to be some debate about which was the first Mikroma camera and when it was originally made. Most sources say the first Mikroma appeared in 1949, but some suggest dates back to 1946. We may never know for sure, but Czechoslovakia was in a sorry state at the end of WWII. Another confusing thing about this camera is that some people think it is an SLR. But while it is shaped like a single lens reflex, it is really just a viewfinder camera --the "pentaprism" is a plane viewfinder. But even though it is "just" a viewfinder camera, it is very stylish, well made, with nice features. It produces 11mm x 14mm images on single perforated film. Speeds of 1/25-1/200. It came with a 20mm (f3.5-16) focusing lens. A black police model was make with a special waist-level finder. The shutter release, shutter cocking and film advance functions were all built into one small lever on the top of the camera. Pushing it once took the picture. Pushing it again advanced the film and cocked the shutter. In later models, these functions would be split out.
A stereo version of the Mikroma II. It had two 25mm f 3.5 lens with a single central viewfinder.
There might have been two camera models called the Mikronette. Some sources state that this camera appeared in the 1940's and that it was a predecessor to the Mikroma. Others list the 1960's. In either case, this camera was similar to the Mikroma series. Perhaps it was made for export.
Since this one takes 35mm film, you'll have to check out the 35mm film section.
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