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Bellami 35mm Camera


Chinon

Categories: Reviews: Equipment : Cameras : 35mm Film Cameras : Point and Shoot Film Cameras

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Average Rating: 3.5 out of 5

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Ray A. Nieves

member since: 2/22/2006
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Rating: 3.5 out of 5
I collect pocket 35s from the 70s and 80s and the Chinon Bellami is a nice surprise. Like the Minox, Olympus XA Voightlander Balda, the lens is a 35 mm with good sharpness and zone focusing, apeture-preferred automation and is quite pocketable behind 2 swing out doors (Coo-coo clock-like). The advance lever is big for this little camera and easily catches on clothing, but opens the lens.

A 25 year old example gave me some nice snaps with surprising sharpness(when set >5.6). The plastic body is solid and well constructed. I find the quality of the lens not as sharp as the Rollei 35S, a notch below the Olympus XA, Rollei 35 Tessar and Minox 35's and equal to or better than the Voightlander, Vivtar, Ricoh FF-1. et al. and FAR better than the very disappointing Cosina CX-2. If you can get one in working condition, get it; load it with 400 color film and take it everywhere! lots of fun!

2/22/2006 1:20:38 PM
 

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