I have put two films through this camera and it has quickly become a favourite. I have been eyeing up Mirandas for some time but I didn’t really have what I felt was a justification so not taken the plunge and then I saw this one for $20 and thought “why the hell not?”
It arrived shortly afterwards and although its not the cleanest example it’s in pretty good condition.
The first issue was the meter which needed the now unavailable Mercury 1.35v PX625 battery, after a little research I found an adapter for the LR44 but that has a different voltage and so ended up buying some AZ130P hearing aid batteries. These are a lot smaller but I found a small rubbery connector cover that I was able to cut so that it held the battery nicely in the hole. Now the meter works perfectly and all is good.
The Sensorex came in a couple of versions the later ones having the f1.8 lens and earlier (which this is) having a f1.9. This camera was launched to directly compete with the Nikon F and did a pretty good job though it would seem the size of Nikon meant it wasn’t sustained. They did design the camera with the expectation that third-party lenses could be fitted via a range of body mounted adapters to increase the lens choice. The viewfinder is removable so you can fit alternatives and/or use it at waist level! The metering is partial frame averaging which was very innovative at the time and works very well.
|Miranda||Sensorex||35mm SLR||c1966||50mm 1:1.9||B, 1, ½, ¼, 1/8, 1/15, 1/30, 1/60, 1/125, 1/250, 1/500 and 1/1000||F1.9-16|
I am so pleased that I bought this camera. It is solid but not too heavy. The lens is very good and the images are great. Some of the controls are slightly different than what I am used to but I have quickly adapted and finding it very comfortable to use. One of the differences (also noted by my friend Jim here) is that the shutter release is on the front rather than the top and you squeeze back towards your face. I have had no problem with this and find it is very comfortable to work in this way.
I really can’t fault this camera at all. The arrangement of controls tends to make you work in a shutter priority mode as the shutter speed is on the top (as with most cameras) and the the aperture is handily adjusted by the lever sticking out from the lens just where your left hand sits. The lever is actually a linkage between the lens and camera body so that the metering knows the aperture that you are setting without having to stop the lens down. The knob on the front is to set the maximum aperture of your lens so that this linkage is accurate for that particular lens.
So I think this is my go-to SLR for the foreseeable as it ticks all of my boxes, it works well with great images coming from that lens, it is comfortable to use i.e. not too heavy but with enough bulk to feel like a high quality tool and it looks really good and I am a sucker for not design aesthetics; also it’s a bit quirky and that fits well with me!
The images below are from the first roll and were shot on Kodak T-Max (second roll is not back from the shop yet); I need to put some colour through it next and see what they come out like.