This was yet another 75p bargain. I almost felt guilty as although not worth a huge amount this is a classic camera and worth a bit more than that. It is a beautiful piece – all metal construction and solid feeling.

About

The Halina Pet was produced by Haking from 1962. It is an all metal viewfinder camera with scale focus lens with markings – the markings are Close-Up 4′-8′, Groups 8′-20′, and Views 20′- ∞.

It has three aperture settings (listed as Dull, Bright, and Sunny), and a single shutter speed of 1/50s, with bulb setting.

 

The frame counter is a wheel under the winding knob, which needs to be set at the right point before loading the film. Even if you do remember to do this is is pretty rough in my experience and not really much use. There is also a little selector showing various different film types – this has no functional effect, but is there as a reminder of what film you have loaded.

Lens and Focus

The lens focuses continually from 4′ (1.2m) to infinity. I cannot find any formal information on focal length, but Alan at Canny Cameras has measured to the film plane and believes this to be 45mm, which also matches some other models with similar lenses – this seems about right and has saved be a job! This gives a field of view of 44° x 30° – you would need to be about 2.5m distant for a full body portrait in the horizontal frame. The lens is quite soft with some distortion and vignetting.

Exposure

The apertures are reported as f/8, f/11, and f/16.  With the a/50s shutter speed, and an approximation of 1/15s which can normally be gained by opening and closing the shutter on bulb setting you can actually achieve a wide variety of exposures.

Show Exposure Table

Film Aperture Shutter EV
 25  Dull  1/50s  14 – Weak Hazy Sun
 1/15s  12 – Open shade, heavy overcast
 Bright  1/50s  15 – Bright or Hazy Sun
 1/15s  13 – Cloudy bright (no shadows).
 Sunny  1/50s  16  – Very bright sand or snow
 1/15s  14 – Weak Hazy Sun
 50  Dull  1/50s   13 – Bright or Hazy Sun
 1/15s  11 – Deep Shade
 Bright  1/50s  14  – Weak Hazy Sun
 1/15s  12- Open shade, heavy overcast
 Sunny  1/50s 15 – Bright or Hazy Sun
 1/15s 13 – Bright or Hazy Sun
 100  Dull  1/50s  12- Open shade, heavy overcast
 1/15s  10 – Landscapes immediately after sunset
 Cloudy  1/50s  13 – Bright or Hazy Sun
 1/15s  11 – Deep Shade
 Bright  1/50s  14 – Weak Hazy Sun
 1/15s  12- Open shade, heavy overcast
 200 (2)  Dull  1/50s  11 – Deep Shade
 1/15s  9 – Landscapes 10 minutes after sunset, subjects in spotlights
 Cloudy  1/50s  12- Open shade, heavy overcast
 1/15s  10 – Landscapes immediately after sunset
 Bright  1/50s  13 – Bright or Hazy Sun
 1/15s  11 – Deep Shade
 400  Dull  1/50s  10 – Landscapes immediately after sunset
 1/15s  8 – Bright city centres, interiors with bright florescent lights
 Cloudy  1/50s  11 – Deep Shade
 1/15s  9- Landscapes 10 minutes after sunset, subjects in spotlights
 Bright  1/50s  12- Open shade, heavy overcast
 1/15s  10 – Landscapes immediately after sunset
 800  Dull  1/50s  9- Landscapes 10 minutes after sunset, subjects in spotlights
 1/15s  7 – Brightly lighted nighttime streets, stage shows
 Cloudy  1/50s  10 – Landscapes immediately after sunset
 1/15s  8 – Bright city centres, interiors with bright florescent lights
 Bright  1/50s  11- Deep Shade
 1/15s  9- Landscapes 10 minutes after sunset, subjects in spotlights
 1600  Dull  1/50s  8 – Bright city centres, interiors with bright florescent lights
 1/15s  6 – Brightly lit home interiors at night, fairs, amusement parks
 Cloudy  1/50s  9- Landscapes 10 minutes after sunset, subjects in spotlights
 1/15s  7 – Brightly lighted nighttime streets, stage shows
 Bright  1/50s  10 – Landscapes immediately after sunset
 1/15s  8 – Bright city centres, interiors with bright florescent lights
 Notes:
(1) The camera appears to have been made to take ISO 50 (or perhaps as was more common, ISO 64) film.
(2) this is perhaps the limit to use on a sunny day

Vital Statistics:

Type: 35mm Viewfinder Camera
Lens: Halina Achromat Hard Coated Chance Pilkington Optical Glass, focus 4′ to continuous.
Shutter: Fixed Speed 1/50s and Bulb
Aperture: 3 settings: Cloudy, Dull, Bright
Flash: Accessory shoe and sync socket for M class bulb flash (not electronic)

Links

Review of the Halina Pet from The Other Martin Taylor

Halina Pet Manual (from The Other Martin Taylor)

Halina Pet on Camerapedia

Halina Pet on La Collection d’Appareils

Review on Canny Cameras

View my sets on Flickr taken with the Halina Pet

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