Everyone needs a camera for good photography, so who could resist this one?
Let me introduce the Empire Scout.
I acquired this model a few years ago and so far have run two or three films though it; I’ve posted a few examples from the first film below.
Interestingly, while I was searching online for info on this camera, I found that the Museum of New Zealand (Te Papa in Wellington) have one in their collection. It must be good! 🙂
The Empire Scout boasts a fine polished optical lens
The back of the camera has a red window that shows the frame number when a film is loaded
The top of the camera, showing flash / rangefinder shoe (?) and film advance lever
Exposure can be adjusted for Cloudy, Hazy, or Bright conditions, and the shutter speed set to Bulb or Instant
Camera Name: Empire Scout – model 316
Where Made: Hong Kong
Year of Production: 1960’s
Serial Number: unknown
Film Type / Neg Size: Takes twelve 6×6 cm frames on 120 (medium format) film
Lens: f8 ‘Fine Polished Optical Lens’ (plastic)
Shutter Speeds: B (bulb), I (instant) – possibly 1/60 sec.
Apertures: Bright / Hazy/ Cloudy settings (may equate to f22, f16, f8)
Exposure Meter: none
Focusing: Zone focusing with settings of 5-8ft, 20-25ft, infinity.
I was pleasantly surprised by the results. What do you think – does the Empire Scout live up to its claim as a camera for good photography?
Click on the links below for my previous posts on vintage cameras: