|Yamato Pal Jr|
focal length: 45 mm
apertures: f2.8 to f16
focus range:3 feet to infinity
lens fitting: fixed
shutter: proprietary leaf
speeds: 1/25, 1/50, 1/100, 1/300
flash: cold shoe, PC connector, one sync speed
film size: 35 mm
|Pal Jr, rear view|
In use, this camera is pleasant to use. It is small and light which means you can carry it around all day - more than I can say for some of my Zeiss Ikon or Voigtlander cameras. The shutter release falls under my right index finger and the film advance under my thumb. The viewfinder is a bit too small but still usable. One fault with the viewfinder that I have found is the metal surround of the viewfinder comes into contact with my spectacle lens and will result in the lens getting scratched - softer plastic/rubber is much nicer. The settings on the shutter barrel are easy to access from above and are nice and clear. Would be better if there were depth of field markings beside the focussing scale, but this is a cheapish camera and you cannot have everything.
I now have some test pictures from this camera. In general I am well pleased. There is a lot of vignetting on a couple of frames but not in general. I clearly have had an issue focussing this camera, but many are in good focus so I cannot blame the camera!
|Cathedral Close, Lincoln|
|North Tower, Lincoln Cathedral|
|Central Tower, Lincoln Cathedral - with vignetting.|
|Some roofs, Lincoln|