I’ve had this camera hanging around for quite some time, it came as part of a MASSIVE shipment of unwanted cameras and filters from a charity shop selling on eBay. £22 for the lot.
Yes this Halina camera does look quite fetching with it’s beautiful looking design but lets not get too carried away as it’s a bit flawed.
Firstly the lens barrel came off in my hand when trying to loosen it up, as it was quite stiff, and when I tried putting it back on I couldn’t get the numbers aligned with the red indicator properly. This means 6ft may not actually be 6ft anymore etc.
Secondly, shutter speeds … the slower speeds are now all very similar but bulb no longer works, it just holds open for a second or so then closes. The faster speeds felt OK with the fastest at 1/200 then 1/100, 1/50 to 1/25.
The other thing is the lens itself – it was very soft, maybe too soft, but it could just be dirt though I didn’t check it properly before testing. I might clean the lens and put another roll through it to see.
The last thing is the amount of light leaks though some could have been from the film loader used to load the film canister but for the next outing, if there is one, I’ll be taping up the camera.