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1968. 126 cartridge camera. "Electric-Eye". Made by Balda.

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by bill339 » Sun Oct 16, 2016 5:03 pm

This camera was introduced in 1968 and made by the Balda-Werke Company. The body is the same as the Instant Load 164, Instant Load 364, and the Argus Lady Carefree. This is the only one with a fake walnut finish surrounding the lens. The camera production ended in 1969 after Sylvania was sold and camera production was suspended. Sylvania owned Argus 10 years at that time. It takes 126 Cartridge film and uses flash cubes that advance with the frame wheel. The flash cube mount plus electric eye is powered by two PX825 batteries that are housed in the film compartment. The PX825 battery is no longer available but replacements do exist. It is worth noting that this camera like others using mercury batteries do not have voltage regulators because the mercury battery discharge was so accurate. Results with the replacement batteries may be sketchy. Frames are advanced with a right thumb wheel that also loads the shutter. The camera also has a ¼” 20 thread tripod mount, optical viewfinder, film view window that shows the frame number, and has a handy carry strap. The Instant Load in the name denotes the ease of film change with 126 cartridge film.

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