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The Univex Mercury is a half-frame viewfinder camera with a rotary shutter. It was introduced in 1938.


Specifications Mercury IEdit

  • Type: viewfinder camera
  • Manufacturer: Universal Camera Corp. USA
  • Year of launch: 1938 (Model CC-1500 launched in 1939)
  • Film: Univex #200-series film, for 65 half size (18×24mm) exposures
  • Construction: Aluminum alloy
  • Viewfinder: Galilean type optical finder
  • Available Lenses: Tricor f/2.7 35mm, Tricor f/3.5 35mm, Hexar f/2.0 35mm, others: 75mm, 125mm
  • Shutter: Rotary metal focal plane shutter with speeds T,B,1/20 - 1/1000sec (1/20 - 1/1500 on Model CC-1500) plus F hot synch
  • Dimensions: 138×88×60mm
  • Weight: 530g

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A rewind button, rewind knob, and a permanent take-up spool were added necessities for the standard 35mm film.

Other differences between the Mercury I and II include a redesigned film counter dial, enlarged shutter wind and shutter speed knobs, elimination of neck cord lugs, and a synthetic covering in place of the leather on the Mercury I. The Mercury II was also cast from an aluminum/magnesium alloy which did not retain its luster like the aluminum alloy of the Mercury I.

Specifications Mercury IIEdit

  • Type: viewfinder camera
  • Manufacturer: Universal Camera Corp. USA
  • Year of launch: 1945
  • Film: 35mm film, for 65 half size (18×24mm) exposures
  • Construction: Aluminum/magnesium alloy
  • Viewfinder: Galilean type optical finder
  • Available Lenses: Tricor f/2.7 35mm (coated), Tricor f/3.5 35mm (non coated), Hexar f/2.0, others: 75mm, 125mm
  • Shutter: Rotary metal focal plane shutter with speeds T,B,1/20 - 1/1000sec plus F hot synch
  • Dimensions: 145×95×60mm
  • Weight: 600g

BibliographyEdit

  • Repinski, Cynthia A. The UniveX Story. Centennial Photo Service, 1991. ISBN 0931838177.

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