Screw Mount Cameras

Miranda TM, 1974?-??


(informaton by courtesy of Bart Peeren)
(For more info about Miranda Cameras see http://www.mirandacamera.com)
Also sold as Pallas TM, and Soligor TM
Interchangeable pentaprism
Shutter: 1-1/1000, B (cloth, horisontal)
Flash: standard F and X synch at 1/45, no hot shoe
Metering: TTL stoped-down
Finder: Interchangeable pentaprism with microprism spot in Fresnel screen; meter needle.
Battery S76

Auto diaphragm
Instant return mirror
Identical with the Miranda Sensomat RE bar the M42 lens mount.
Interchangeable viewfinders, P-prism, WL-finder, 15x-5x critical finder and some other special finder inserts.

Miranda TM II, 1976-??

(informaton by courtesy of Fankhauser Rudolf W.)
Also sold as Pallas TM II (?), and Soligor TM II
Interchangeable pentaprism
Shutter: 1-1/1000, B (cloth, horisontal)
Flash: standard F and X synch at 1/45, cold shoe
Metering: TTL stoped-down
Finder: Interchangeable pentaprism with microprism spot in Fresnel screen; meter needle.
Battery S76

Auto diaphragm
Instant return mirror

Difference to TM: Cold shoe on prism, cosmetical changes

Haking L80, 1976-??

(Hong Kong)

Fixed pentaprism
Shutter: 1/2-1/500, B
Flash: X-sync hot shoe
Metering: TTL stoped-down
Finder: ?; meter needle.
Battery ?

Auto diaphragm?
Instant return mirror?
Self timer

Hanimex 35SL, 1977?-??

(Sedic Camera Company, Japan)

Fixed pentaprism
Shutter: 1-1/1000, B
Flash: Standard F and X sync, X-sync hot shoe at 1/125
Metering: TTL stoped-down
Finder: microprism spot and ground glass; meter needle.
Battery ?

Auto diaphragm
Instant return mirror
Self timer

Regula reflex CTL, 1966?-??

(Also Kalimar Regula in USA)
(Kamerawerk King KG, Bad Liebenzell, Germany)

Fixed pentaprism
Shutter: 1-1/2000, B
Flash: Standard F and X sync, X-sync hot shoe
Metering: TTL stoped-down
Finder: microprism spot and ground glass; meter needle.
Battery PX 13

Auto diaphragm
Instant return mirror
Self timer

Regula reflex SL, 1966?-??


Same as CTL, but no meter.

Regula reflex 2000 CTL, 1970?-??

(Also Ringfoto reflex in Germany)
Same as CTL, but shutter speed, battery test, exposure limits are visible in viewfinder.

Regula reflex K650, 1972?-??


Same as 2000 CTL, but open-aperture metering and aperture visible in viewfinder. Spot or average metering.

Carena SRH 760, ??-??


(informaton by courtesy of Harm Lammers )

Fixed pentaprism
Shutter: 1-1/500, B
Flash: Standard X sync at 1/60, X-sync hot shoe?
Metering: TTL stoped-down
Finder: ?
Battery ?

Auto diaphragm
Instant return mirror
Self timer ?

Carena Computer E, 1975-??

(informaton by courtesy of Jan Kirchner )

Fixed pentaprism
Shutter: 1-1/2000, B
Flash: Standard X sync at 1/125, X-sync hot shoe
Metering: TTL stoped-down
Finder: split-image rangefinder and microprism collar in ground glass screen ?
Battery ?

Auto diaphragm
Instant return mirror
Self timer
Mirror lock-up when self-timer is activated
Comment: I've got that camera from my mother, who bought it in the mid70's. It's got a central microprism spot on the screen for focussing, surrounded by a split-image-ring. It's been in use for nearly 30 years, especially in the 90's on extensive field trips by me, and it still works well. Well, it's one of these old full-metal bodies, which are not that easy to break.


John Shaeffer About Hanimex 35 SL
I have been very pleasantly suprised with this camera. It has a bright, large viewfinder and is relatively easy to focus. I usually open the apeture fully on the lens to focus, since that's the way you get the most light, and then stop down to the apeture setting that the needle meter suggests at whatever speed I have already set. When you press the shutter button, the meter is deactivated, a very nice feature, that is not present in some other screw mounts like my Ricoh TLS Singlex.
Picture quality has been great with the Chinon 55/1.7 lens. I've tested against my wife's Olympus IS 20, my Leica Z2X point and shoot model and the Singlex, and it may is one of the tops in its class of 4.
One thing about this camera - it is extremely heavy compared to the others mentioned (the Singlex is also heavy, but smaller). My wife can't believe it's weight and doesn't like it, but I actually feel that the weight is an advantage because I tend to hold a heavier camera more steadily - at least you know you are holding a camera. If it ever stops working guess I'll never be without a boat anchor.

Tim Hicks Soligor TM
I have used 3 Soligor TM cameras, and I like them. The first has a focussing inaccuracy which I thing is caused by the lens which has a sloppy focussing movement The second - my dad uses and it works well apart from one time the shutter stuck open (I think he keeps it in a damp room sometimes). The third I use for general photography and with a microscope. It is great for microscope use as I got a replacement finder that allows it to be used for right-angle viewing and the metering works well through a microscope.
The Soligor TM is the cheapest way to get interchangeable viewfinders combined with TTL metering

I (aab) can only add here that I was looking for a waist level view finder (and magnifying viewfinder) for Soligor TM for about two years and can't find it for a reasonable price (not ready to pay $40 for it yet). It looks like Praktica's with interchangeable viewfinders (as VLC2) are may be easier to locate.

From B J G Peeren
I had been using Miranda Sensomat RE cameras (4 of them) almost daily for about 10 years when I first met (and bought) my TM. All 5 needed regular servicing (CLA about every 3 years) for meter and shutter accuracy but served me very well. About 4 years ago I bought a Chinon CE-3 for its M42 mount, to be independent of the mercury batteries which were to be phased out. As I liked the camera (and the 2nd-hand prices asked for them) I also replaced the three Miranda RE's by Chinon CE-4,5 and CG-5 K-mount cameras. Because of its finder interchangeability I still use the Miranda TM for extreme telephoto purposes (up to 600 mm with the 5-15X finder). Although I was able to secure a source for "fresh" mercury cells, I do not any more use the Miranda bayonet cameras, but the TM, with 600mm and tripod is in my car wherever I go. I do not agree with aab's "It looks like Praktica's with interchangeable viewfinders (as VLC2) are may be easier to locate", because he may find them, but not as easily and they want mercury batteries as well.

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