It is a 6x9 film format camera built between 1951 and 1957. The shutter has only two option. 1/30 speed or handholding long exposure. And only two optic aperture, they are f8 and f11. Its lens has 110mm, which is a little wide for the frame size. It has also a yellow filter built-in.
It may sound that 1/30 is too slow for shooting handheld but considering the frame size, it is not so bad if you hold it well. And its optic is not as bad as it may look like. It is actually good enough considering the frame size.
So I went home after buying it and loaded with a 2 years overdated Fuji Reala ISO 100, just to test the camera, and headed to a massive street party happening in town.
Because of its limitation I over exposed 2 stops most of the frames. I didn't know how long was the Reala 100 latitude to bear its over exposure, but I was about to find out.
Shot the 8 frames of 6x9 from the roll, I went to a shop to develop it. I could't wait to see the results. And after 30min I got the film developed.
Looking at the negative I could see all the shots came out without loosing any texture or detail from the over exposure. Now going home to scan the negatives and see the positive images from it.
Considering the focusing system of my scan is not that great, the handheld shots in the streets, and even people moving, I consider the results very good.
From my part, I consider a great camera. I love its simplicity. I actually think the simple the cameras the better. It is small, super light and deliver a massive frame size. Very good for travelling and portraits. I plan to use it for portraits and urban shots. But it is a shame the DOF limit is from 3m, which is too far for close-up portraits and stills. The only thing I which could be better.
These shots are of course just lazy tests to have an idea about results and camera capacity. I already decided to use it as a main camera for my projects. It even has a flash sync in it!