The Halina Prefect, what can I say. It’s a bit rubbish – but solid with a bit of heft, easy to use and it looks nice sitting on a desk. I paid a fiver for it just to see how bad it would be.
It’s a metal bodied pseudo TLR. It takes 120 film with 6×6 negatives. It has a fixed-focus lens. It has one shutter speed – 1/30th sec and B. It has three aperture settings – f8, f11 and f16. It has a shutter release. The viewerfinder is bright-ish. And that’s your lot. Load the roll, wind on looking at the red window for film frame number, guess the 1-of-3 f stop, and click.
I took it on a shoot with a few musicians (mainly digital..), and grabbed a few shots using Fomapan 100 developed in Ilfosol.
And the verdict? I was pleasantly surprised. It was a bright day, so F16 was going to be used and they were reasonably sharp and maybe better than the spec deserves. I’ll probably take it out for another shoot – on a bright day with lots of contrast – and play around with it. Certainly worth the fiver.