The technical stuff:
Camera Type:- 35mm Compact Viewfinder with built in lightmeter (not coupled)
Lens Type:- Fixed 45mm Anastigmat f2.8 - f16
Shutter:- unknown make 4 speed + B. 30,60,125,250
This Prinz camera is fundamentally a Halina Paulette Electric made by Haking
for the Dixons Camera Company in the mid 60's. It has a built in selenium
lightmeter which uses the Japanese principle in that instead of giving a light
reading as such it provides a guide number which is transposed to a window on
the aperture ring. The aperture ring, in turn, is couple to the shutter speed
ring so that you will always get the optimum speed/aperture ratio n.b the iso
rating of the film is also set on the lens body and this compensates the guide
number. The camera feels a bit tacky and has a kind of tinny sound when the
shutter fires and to be quite honest I think engineering and Halina don't belong
in the same sentence. Yet, after over 40 years this camera, which was picked up
in a car boot sale and given a clean up has turned in some remarkably
good pictures. All the more amazing because apart from cleaning the lens
elements and sticking back the leatherette in places I have done nothing to it.
Halina have survived for a long time in the camera business even though their
products have always been regarded as a poor relation when it comes to quality.
In terms of value for money they are hard to beat and their optics are quite
surprising. I have a number of their cameras in my collection from this and the
35x through to the model 150 plastic and have yet to be disappointed with the
results. In fact I have to confess that my first "real" camera, at the
tender age of 14, was a Halina Rolls.