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Marcy's Beauta Camera Review:
Cant they?...if they?...why dont they? Yup. Another overlapper along the lines of the Photomaster, Regal and Pickwik. Those little holes on the back of the camera...the ones that show the image number? All they need to be is just a teeny weeny bit farther apart. Cmon, dont they measure these things before they begin manufacturing them? I kind of knew ahead of time that it was going to overlap. They all do it. Yet, still, I held out hope.
The Beauta, made in the USA, measures 2 3/4" tall and 4 1/4" wide. It takes 16 (did I mention overlapped?) images on one roll of 127 film. It boasts a Graf lens and has a shutter with an instant and a time setting. The Beauta I own came with a cool blue box and instruction sheet.
Not intended for a person with arthritis, this camera has a tiny film wind knob. I ended up having to grasp the knob and turn the camera. Toward the end of the roll, I resorted to vise grips, which made the job much easier.
The distortion ( at least the distortion of lines) is due to the film not being flat inside the camera. The cool, blurry motion-like distortion is from that superior "Graf" lens.
McKeown's PRICE GUIDE TO ANTIQUE & CLASSIC CAMERAS 2001 -2002, states, "Bakelite minicam for 3x4cm on 127 film. Originally sold as a punchboard premium. Several different body styles. $1 -10."
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