Marcy's Revere Eye-Matic Camera Review:
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Huge & hefty, the Revere Eye-Matic EE 127 uses little ol' 127 roll film. This camera weighs a whoppin' 2 pounds, four ounces. It's about 4 inches from top to bottom, almost 6 inches wide across the back and 3 3/4 inches deep from the front of the lens to the back cover. Just a big, silly camera, in creamy refrigerator white. It's got a big square selenium cell ... a cyclopsy-looking thing, on the top center. A lever on the bottom of the lens body changes the aperture. The Wollensack RAPTAR 58mm lens focuses down to about four feet. I completely spaced past the loading instructions on the bottom of the film chamber and I didn't start my film in the correct spot. It uses a counter, rather than showing the frame number in a window in the back. I got to about 12 and couldn't feel the film advancing anymore and figured I was finished. So, silly me, I opened the back. There was the number "6", staring me in the face. I quickly closed the back. I only lost a little bit.
On the top of the camera is an ASA adjustment. You set it by turning something that looks more like a battery cover. You'll need some spare change, 'cause it takes a penny or something to turn it. I don't have a flash that'll fit it, but it does have a PC terminal. Though it appears to be proprietary, so I'm out of luck there too. The lever on the bottom of the lens that sets the aperture also changes the flash guide number in a little window on the front of the lens. Them two big square chunks of glass toward the top? One is the rangefinder ... the other is... I dunno what it is. If you look into it, you'll see a couple of wires. There's also the gear stuff for the film advance. There also is a mirror. So maybe it's got something to do with the rangefinder? Yeah, I'll bet that's it. There's a tripod mount on the bottom too.
I used Efke 100 (a favorite) on WPPD 2006 in Point Defiance Park, Tacoma WA.
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I think two things happened to this image. One, I opened the back of the camera before the film was finished. Two, the exposure right after this one was directly into the sun.
The sun was doing this cool thing it does when the air has very high humidity. You know how it gets a rainbow around it? So, I caught the reflection in my car's windshield.
McKEOWN'S PRICE GUIDE TO ANTIQUE & CLASSIC CAMERAS 12th edition, 2005-2006 states, "Eyematic EE 127 - c1958. 127 film. Wollensack f2.8/58mm lens. In superb white baked enamel and brushed aluminum alloy finish. Also found with top plate in brushed metal finish and padded base plate. Matching white-finished Revere Model 34 flash gun was available. $25-40."
Hey! I got me a steal then! Bob Kelly gave me a dollar to take it off his hands.
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