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Nick's Classic Corner - No 41 - Mamiya Auto-Lux 35

Discussion in 'Classic Models & Marques' started by Benchista, Nov 16, 2013.

  1. Benchista

    Benchista Which Tyler

    And now for something completely different. Well, unless you own a Canonex, anyway...

    The Mamiya Auto-Lux 35 is a fixed-lens, shutter priority and manual instant return mirror leaf shutter 35 SLR with an exernal selenium cell meter.

    It's a fairly large, but not especially heavy camera which has a 48mm f2.8 Mamiya-Sekor lens, a Copal shutter with speeds from 1/15 to 1/500. Mst controls are on the lens, with the exception of shutter button, windon lever, frame counter and rewind knob on the top plate, and rewind release button, back release tab and tripod bush on the baseplate, and flash socket on the front.

    The viewfinder has a needle indicating chosen/metered aperture for the set shutter speed.

    That's about it - it comes with a simple leather ERC, and is a simple, straightforward camera - more like one of the rangefinder compacts that were available than a true SLR, albeit bigger.

    What's perhaps most interesting about it is that the Canonex is almost exactly the same camera, and there's much debate as to who designed it, or even who made it - I believe it was made by Mamiya, but many claim they were made by Canon. The only more modern camera that's vaguely similar is the Hanimex Flash Reflex 35.

    So, a curiosity, for sure and perhaps worth a go for a few quid, but not really recommended for serious photography as such.

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