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Mei-Half

Mei-half

A cheap 35mm half-frame camera, manufactured in Japan by Tougodo around 1962. It has a fixed-focus single-element 40mm f/8 lens, and just one timed shutter speed, marked 'I' for 'instantaneous', although it also has a 'B' setting. The 'instantaneous' speed seems to be 1/100 second. The film is advance by a thumb-wheel.

The bit that looks like a selenium light-meter cell next to the viewfinder in the picture above? Well, it isn't, it's just for decoration.

Mei-half

This was my father's camera, though I did once use it, and I even have some terrible photos of Status Quo and Lindisfarne as a result. You'd be hard-pressed to recognise anyone in them.

Anyway, here are the instructions in case you have one of these cameras and feel the need to run a film through it.

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