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Style, film format VP 127 single-lens reflex

Lens, shutter Fixed, coated f/2.8 65mm Prominar, Seikosha LV leaf shutter

Photo quality Very good

Ergonomics Overall very good

In the history of photography, there have been very few SLRs for the VP 127 format, and this is the only one sold outside of the Japanese market.

This is a well made camera with solid construction, logical controls and a decent lens.

The Prominar is a four-element Tessar type, and it's set in a Seikosha LV shutter, which means that the shutter speed and aperture dials are locked. Luckily, it is a light lock and is easy to override.

The body has a solid feel, and its popup viewfinder and magnifier will remind you of a Baby Rolleiflex.

It does not have a rapid-return mirror.

There is no separate knob to focus the lens. It's a front-cell focusing optic. The aperture and shutter speed settings are behind the focusing collar, and it is almost impossible to accidentally change those inadvertently while focusing the lens.

The plunger-type shutter release is large enough that it is very easy to find.

The sprung film advance is perfectly shaped with a curve that fits your thumb. It snaps back when you release it.

On the camera that you see here, I was forced to replace the original covering, which half disintegrated and half melted when I tried to clean it.

The lens is not interchangeable although there were accessory lenses that could be fitted to the filter ring. One is a wide angle, and the other is a telephoto. They were sold as a set.