I picked up this fancy looking camera, an Imperial Debonair, online in a camera lot purchase. Very 60's looking. As a matter of fact it's the produced in the 60's by the Herbert Jones Company. Before I had purchased this camera, I had never heard of the Herbert Jones Company.
This beauty is an all plastic, Bakelite, camera which falls squarely in the "toy camera" range today. Looks somewhat like a Kodak Brownie, and I suspect they were made as a competitor. This is a 620 film camera. This camera is all manual, and as a matter of fact there are no features to put your manual camera skills to test. You just load a roll of 620 film, point and shoot.
This is a rangefinder which makes it simple to use. My camera had cracks in the case, but nothing a bit of gaffers tape couldn't fils. I loaded a roll of 120 film rerolled onto a 620 spool that I purchased from The Film Photography Project store and got going. After about 6 shots however the film must have slipped off the sprocket and jammed. I was able to "slap" it back in place, but when I advanced the film it tore, and locked up. I simply rerolled the film. No reason to open the camera up in the dark and try to get it going again.
This is a fun little camera with a cool 60's vibe. Very hipster. Dig it.
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|Doing some use camera shopping|