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Ansco Speedex 4.5
The manual for the Ansco Speedex 4.5 has various pictures of young white men posing confidently with their be-scarfed girlfriends. They are all dressed in plaid and I believe their hair is coiffed in something called a duckie or a duckbill. Anyway they were cool then back when having a folder camera was still nerdy. I wonder what the reaction will be on the streets when I pull out this baby.
I've only just finished training myself how to load 120 roll film into the back of this 1950s classic. Back when I had a Holga I destroyed three rolls and gave it away. I couldn't stand the imprecision even though I loved the imprecision of the type of shot it took.
Theoretically, this Ansco Speedex should be more precise. It has aperture control, shutter speed control plus a good Vario 85mm f/4.5 lens. So, a real camera. The only thing it lacks -- and this is probably going to be borne out in my first roll once I get it developed -- is any kind of focus feedback in the viewfinder. The viewfinder is just straight glass. Without a rangefinder, all I'm doing is using the focus-distance scale, guesstimating the range and praying.
All of this and I don't really know if the bellows has any light leaks which, at worst, will just overexpose my whole roll, and at best, will put some funky Holga fogging in the image. We shall see.
Thank the Internet I was able to find a manual for this from Mike Butkus' cameramanuals.org, a treasure trove of scanned classic manuals.
Even without the manual I'm pretty sure I would be able to figure it all out -- probably at the cost of a few rolls of expensive 120 film. I know I've already had more than my $35 of fun just springing the 'spy camera' lens out of the folder body, snapping it back in, and then springing it out again. Weeee!
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