Camera Speed Dating – Mercury Satellite 127

Those that know Meghan and I know that we have what appears to be an on going camera acquisition “problem”. Really all it is, is a desire to try all of the cameras!!!

We have started collecting many vintage cameras now over the past few years, but in an effort to not let our collection get out of hand we decided to only collect cameras that work and can actually be used.

However, not all are winners 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. Camera speed dating!

Here is most recent camera I had the pleasure of a quick date with….The Mercury Satellite 127

A few quick facts about the Mercury Satellite 127, the Mercury is a close copy of the Imperial Satellite 127. It was produced in the mid 60’s by the Herbert George Co. in Chicago Illinois. Many of the Herbert George Co. cameras had fixed settings and were made from colourful plastic.

All things considered (with the Satellite’s fixed settings that are I ‘m sure less than optimal for grey skies) the Satellite did fairly well for being a mass produced plastic camera! I feel it’s basically a 1960’s version of the plastic Lomography cameras produced today. I think I would like to find a flash for mine and shoot it again, to see if I can get anything sharper from it.


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