Thursday, June 9, 2011

#18 Halina 35X Super

My father's photographic outfit

This outfit, plus a telescopic black and chrome tripod, with a ball head and a clever reversal bush for 1/4 or 3/8", neatly tucked in a gray square patterned bag, made by my mother, were my father's companions in all our family trips, parties, etc.

When I started collecting cameras my father gave it to me, on my birthday, as he was no longer using it.

Wait I'm getting ahead on the chronology of the facts. 

When I started collecting cameras I decided to recover all the cameras that I have had or used intensively.
This Halina 35X Super was the first 35mm camera that I ever used but, it belonged to my dad, so I went to the Bay to get a replacement for it and I bought this one:

Halina 35X Super

This camera was made in Hong Kong, it's marked Empire Made, from 1960 onwards.
It's a very simple viewfinder camera.
Halina Anastigmat f.c. 45mm 1:3.5 lens
Scale focusing
Central leaf shutter: 1/25, 1/50, 1/100, 1/200 and B
Film advance and shutter cock combined
Exposure counter on a wheel in the centre of the advance lever
Removable back to load/unload film
Film rewind by round knurled knob
Flash PC synch on the side of the lens barrel


I don't have much to say about this camera, I never used it.
I will leave that to the post were I'm going to tell you about the "original", the one that my father gave to me.


My father never liked the more modern cameras that I've been giving him through the years, so he asked me to get him a camera like the old one, that he liked so much and was used to, so now he's using this one.

Stay tuned (o;


  1. I love my Halina 35x (or "Halina Bonham Carter" as I call her). Have gotten some nice shots with it. Don't know what the "super" adds to the mix, but it's a fun little camera!

  2. Hi Kathy,
    I have one of these too. The main difference is that the super has a lever to advance the film and cocks the shutter in the same movement.

  3. hi.
    i found this camera in my father's old stuff its just with the leather case n nothing else is with it. it has a very strong significant value coz my father died whn i ws 2 so i wanna get it fixed n use it for myself do u think it can be fixed or its like the stuff tht once its spoils it cnt be fixed?

  4. @Hyra:
    Sorry for the late reply.
    I suppose that the problem with your camera should be easy to fix. It's a sturdy and simple camera.
    Send it to a camera repairman, it probably will need nothing more than a cleaning and lube job.