(1997 - 2000) Similar in some ways to the design of the Biflex of 1948, the PhotoBlaster has two lenses and two shutters so that the flipping of the film -- as in the Biflex -- is not necessary. For a submini camera it's a little on the big size -- about the size of a Leica M3 -- but the PhotoBlaster is designed for kids. Perhaps I should say that it appeals to the kid in all of us! The images are quarter frame so you end up with 4 times the number of pictures per roll. It advances like a half-frame, but has a horizontal split and two lenses/shutters. The top quarter frame is exposed, then the bottom, then a half-frame advance. The lenses are 2 element (probably about 20mm) and do a very nice job! You may be thinking that this camera is like the "action tracker" cameras, which also takes four quarter-frame exposures on 35mm film, as well. Not really. The "Action Tracker" takes four pictures with each press of the shutter release -- with a single rotating shutter. But the PhotoBlaster takes a separate, distinct exposure for each press of the shutter release. That's great for kids, because one roll of film gives them lots of shots and helps keep the cost of film and processing to a minimum. The camera is well made and offers several desirable features. For example, with a 36 exposure roll of film, you'll get 144 separate exposures. The built-in flash is powered by two AA batteries. The camera also has a built in CDS meter that tells you if the flash is needed. It also has a flash-ready light. A built-in sliding lens cover protects the most important part of the camera and prevents accidental exposures. The funky design is an eye catcher at anytime! A neat camera whether you are a subminiature person or a subminiature enthusiast.
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