Halina 35X

The Halina 35x is the smallest 35mm camera I own, made by Haking in Hong Kong in 1959. It is a copy of the Ranger 35 made by Nihon Seiki. It’s quite compact but heavy. It has the general layout of a miniature Leica, and you remove the entire back half of the camera to load a film. One difficulty is that the shutter has to be cocked before each exposure, with a lever on the lens tube, and if you forget, then you’ve wasted a negative.

  • Lens: 1:3.5 / 45mm Halina Anastigmat (triplet, front and rear elements single coated, middle element uncoated)
  • Shutter:
    • Two-bladed leaf shutter, with speeds 1/25-1/200 seconds plus B. The shutter is not between the lens elements but behind the lens.
    • Synchronised for flash (‘M’-synchronisation) with a PC socket on the lens tube. Cold shoe on top of camera.
  • Aperture: 1:3.5-1:16 without detents.
  • Film advance: Winding knob, with mechanical frame counter (this counts downwards).
  • Rewind: Knob. Film rewind-release is either beside the shutter button or on the base in some examples.
  • Filter size: accepts A36 (36mm) push-on or clamp-on filters (same as collapsible Elmar etc.).
  • Shutter release button threaded for a cable release.
  • 1/4 inch tripod socket in base.
  • Dimensions (width x height x depth): 114 x 76 x 67 mm(4½ x 3 x 2⅝ inch)
  • Weight: 550 g (without lens cap or film)

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