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Marcy's Keystone Everflash 10 Camera Review:


I can hear the theme from "Love, American Style" wafting through the air. It's 1975 and all the boys with their Scott Baio haircuts are touting a Keystone 126 to the prom. This camera ... there's something about it ... so hideous, yet my eyes refuse to look away. It's the same feeling I get when I happen to notice an AMC Pacer, or other vehicle of that ilk. Sh*t brown and tan, it's got that sort of multi-tone woodgrain look, reminiscent of my Jeep Wagoneer (which I love dearly). And, like Scott Baio's hair, it's awfully heavy for being so plastic. The Keystone Everflash 10 has a built in flash (hence, the reference to "flash" in the name). It uses AA batteries and  accepts 126 film. There's an "indoor / outdoor" switch beneath the lens for aperture selection. It says, "Made in USA by Berkey". I've passed on many a Keystone, however I'm glad I finally took one for a spin. easy to use, or so it seemed after my ordeal with that Argus Lady Carefree. The flash worked well and the film advanced smoothly. The Keystone deserves a better rap.

Here's what McKeown's says ... and it's not a total dis': "There are many Keystone cameras, most of which were low-priced amateur models, including cartridge-loading and instant types. Even the models with built-in electronic flash have not reached a point where they have significant collector value, so we will wait a bit longer before including them in this guide."

Almost sounds as if they're holding out hope that one day this camera will become a collector's item.


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