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Meikai EL X | by P F McFarland
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Meikai EL X

Toy Camera Day 2014

 

This is by far one of the nicest plastic-fantastics I own. Aluminum top and bottom covers, user settable frame counter, wound shutter indicator, hot-shoe, and a real winding lever instead of a thumb wheel advance. No fake weights, it is sized correctly to match a compact rangefinder dimensions, and feels just right in the hands.

 

That said, it is a camera that would not likely stand up to lots of use. The one shutter speed is estimated at somewhere from 1/40 to 1/60, so that limits your choice of films, as even 200 ISO would be well overexposed. The focus free single meniscus lens is not sharp at all, with lots of diffuse flare. It has three apertures with Ocean, Sun, and Cloud icons to guide the user.

 

I did a lot of work on most of these photos to get half-way decent results. The camera does have a curved film plane, which helped the lens produce an even focus across the whole frame. But this one goes back in the box, awaiting the day when I have space to display my "Toy Cameras".

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Taken on October 18, 2014