Camera Speed Dating – Foto-Quelle Revue 35 CC

Those that know Nicole and I know that we have what appears to be an on going camera acquisition problem. To remedy this but continue to try out ALL of the cameras we have decided to start borrowing cameras from our fellow camera enthusiasts instead of trying to purchase or hoard them all to ourselves. Not all are winners though and some are just easier or more fun to use but you have to shoot with them first to find out! Thus, we decided if we run a roll through every camera we are interested in, not unlike going on a 5 minute date with a bunch of strangers at a singles night, we can quickly see which are worthy of being added to our collection (or put on our list of “must haves.”) Camera speed dating!

Here is most recent camera I had the pleasure of a quick date with…the Revue 35 CC.


A few quick facts about the Revue 35 CC…this camera was sold by Foto-Quelle out of Nuremberg, Germany, who were one of the largest photographic retailers of the 1960’s. They sold cameras made by other manufacturers, such as Chinon and Consina, which is what this little Revue 35 CC camera is. It is a Foto-Quelle version of the Chinon Bellami, circa 1980, featuring a Chinonex 35mm f/2.8 lens, zone focus system, and most notably a barn door style lens cover that opens when the film advance lever is cocked halfway. I love the look of this little 35mm camera and it’s pop out lens and barn door style cover gives it a very slim profile when closed. It’s great to carry around everyday and there’s something incredibly satisfying about flipping open those doors when you want to take a photo!

That being said, I wasn’t as impressed with the photos from this little camera as I had hoped to be. When it exposed properly and the shutter speed seemed fast enough, then it did a great job. But it’s ability to judge shutter speed seemed to be a bit off, as a quite a few shots on what was not a sunny day but still a bright day with 400 speed film loaded, experienced camera shake from what I assume was a slow shutter speed. This camera also does not have an iso setting but only a DIN setting, which I’d not had to figure out with any other camera I’ve owned before. So perhaps I didn’t correctly set it, but from the various charts I read online, I’m pretty sure my DIN setting of 27 for a 400 iso film was correct. I enjoyed carrying this camera around and shooting with it so much that I’m shotting another roll with it right away just to see if I (it) can do any better. Though this time with a 200 iso film….so we’ll see if perhaps it’s just a fair weather camera only. Here are a couple of shots from it that turned out and one that ended up blurry…



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