Sanwa Mycro IIIA
The Mycro series of cameras by Sanwa can be quite confusing. There
were several models with several names. Some of the models were the
same -- but with different names and some of the models were different --
with the same name! Then there was the IIIA. It would lead one
to conclude that there was a IIIB, like with the Steky cameras. But
there wasn't. But despite the inability of Sanwa to adequately name
cameras, they were able to produce decent cameras. The IIIA appeared
in 1950. The lens and shutter are the same as the postwar model II,
but with a slightly different body style and an attractive, chromed face
plate. The viewfinder was made a little bit smaller than in the earlier
versions and it is even more difficult to use than the original. But
the camera's features help make up for this deficiency. This is one
of the few Hit-type cameras with adjustable shutter speeds and apertures.
Speeds run from 1/25 - 1/100, plus B. Apertures run from f4.5
- 11. So the camera is actually quite flexible under a wide variety
of situations and with a wide variety of films. As you might expect,
the images have that true "Hit feel". The images have very fuzzy edges
at f4.5, but stopping down helps. Think of the Mycro IIIA as a miniature
Diana camera. No wonder the Mycro IIIA is sought after -- especially
with its tele lens adapter and cable release socket. Even filters were
available. Does this make it a Hit system camera?
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