lens: Halina Anastigmat
focal length: 45mm
apertures: 3.5 - 16 no click stops
focus range: 3 feet to infinity
lens fitting: fixed
speeds: 1/25, 1/50, 1/100, 1/200
flash: PC socket, M synch
film size: 35mm
|Halina 35X - top view|
The viewfinder is a reverse Galilean finder - 'reverse' means that it produces a smaller than life image which in this case is only just smaller. The viewfinder is small - much the same size as an early Voigtlander Vito B - and smaller than was usual for the time. This makes it hard to use for spectacle wearers like myself.
|Halina 35X - base plate|
I found myself forgetting to cock the shutter before pressing the shutter release. This is not a problem with older cameras as one you have noticed your mistake you can cock the shutter and try again. Alas, not here. Once you press the shutter release, you action the double exposure device and have to wind on the film before you can operate the shutter again. With my test film, this cost me fifteen frames out of the thirty six available on the roll of film. OK, this is not really the cameras fault - I should be able to remember the basics and would learn to in time if I used this camera continually, but it is still annoying.
Another problem is that I have freed up the aperture control ring too much. When I got this camera, I could barely move this control ring at all. Now it moves itself between shots. Knowing this, it is not too hard to reset the aperture between shots but that is not how I like to work. I usually set the shutter speed, aperture and focus at the hyperfocal point and then use cameras as point-and-shoot cameras.
My last problem was rewinding the film into the cassette. The rewind knob is also stiff (stiff is the one resounding quality of this camera) and I could not tell when the film was rewound. I rewound for what seemed like a long time and opened the back - a significant amount of film was still on the take-up spool. this did less damage than I thought it would - I lost seven frames for white-out but the last twelve frames were OK - unexposed film was clearly good enough to protect the tail end of the film from fogging.
Here are a few of the shots from my test film - a fair amount of flare and severe vignetting which is very apparent in the last picture:
|Guildhall Street, Lincoln|
|Looking at the Witham from Mint Street|
|High Bridge, Lincoln|