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Mamiya Super-16 | by anikarenina
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Mamiya Super-16

This subminiature spy camera is really tiny--and dense--but is in amazing condition. My professor's father purchased it in Japan around 1952 or 1953 (along with a no-longer-in-hand Rolleiflex!) and this camera kit is all that Mick now has of his father's collection of photo equipment. The camera is on loan to me so that I can take photos of it and with it. I have purchased a fifty-cent developing tank with a reel that can adjust down to 16mm and ordered some film off of eBay to give it a try.

 

This photo shows the camera with the accessory ground glass viewfinder snapped on over the ring around the lens opening, and the "frame" that extends from the top is the mechanism by which to expose the lens for use. There is another framing piece that can be pulled out from the body--at the left top--so that you can use it for crude image framing. The viewfinder works better and can be rotated for either portrait or landscape use. And it's SO cute!

 

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Taken on January 24, 2007