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c1990s. 35mm film, automatic camera. 35-55mm zoom lens.

Kalimar: Kalimar Precision Zoom camera

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by bill339 » Wed Dec 14, 2016 3:20 pm

Kalimar got its start in the 1950's importing Aires 35 cameras from Japan for sale in the US. Eventually Kalimar would be a distributor for cameras and accessories from most of the camera making world, until it was bought out by Tiffen in 1999. At some point Kalimar put its name on the 35mm Kalimar Precision Zoom. The Kalimar Precision Zoom is unusual in that it is the only cheap plastic camera that I have seen with a zoom lens. I would guess it was made in the 1990's since that is when a zoom lens became the standard lens for many cameras. Other than its zoom lens the Kalimar Precision Zoom is a standard toy camera. It has one shutter speed (about 1/50 of a second) and one aperture around f11. It doesn't need a battery (one AA Alkaline) unless you want to use the flash. The Precision Zoom (35 to 55mm) does seem to be more solidly built than most toy cameras. It also has a flash ready LED, flash on/off switch, thumb film advance wheel, fold-up film rewind crank lever, and came with a handy carry strap. The kit came with a Kodak Photolife Alkaline AA battery, Kodak MAX 35mm 400 speed 12 exposure film roll, free guide to better picture book, and the camera.

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