Photos will follow this evening ..... if you're too itchy, please google to see other pics of the camera
The Steky is a 16mm subminiature spy camera that was was made in Japan during the 1940s. It was the FIRST Japanese camera to use 16mm roll film
Because of its tiny tiny size, it was a popular spy and private-eye camera. Weighing just under 180grams it measures just 6.35cm HIGH, 4.44cm WIDE and 4cm DEEP ....... INCLUDING THE LENS.
A specimen in good condition sells for between US$300-600 today ....... if you can find one.
The Steky was first introduced in 1947. There were about 7 different variations of this brick-shaped camera produced by the Asahi Musen Company from Tokyo, Japan. Other information on the Net indicates the Steky being made by Riken (present day Ricoh)
Its a simple camera and anyone familiar with a regular film camera will find it easy and simple to operate.
The camera comes with a 3-element f3.5 Stekinar Anastigmat lens and f-stops go down to f-11.
f-5.6, subjects from 5 feet to infinity will be in focus
f-8, subjects from 4 feet to infinity will be in focus
f-11 subjects from 3.5 feet to nifity will be in focus
Its viewfinder uses plain uncoated optical glass.
One needs to be careful when shooting because there is no double exposure prevention mechanism. Advancing film to the next frame, the user needs to wind a large knob on the bottom of the camera AFTER pushing down a little button/knob (this changes the film numbering dial located below the winding knob)
Nice little things on this camera..... a complete set comes with a very cute little leather case (ha ha) and a Yellow filter too which actually fits flush onto the round extension below the viewfinder.... the model that we're reviewing did not have that extension.... for an idea please go to this page below
These are extraordinarily lasting and sturdy cameras partly because the mechanisms (shutter, aperture and winding ) were kept very simple.
I activated the shutter a few times ...... no stickiness, clean and clear firing 'clicks'
Other facts about the STEKY
- exposes 10 x 14mm negatives
- (Yup !!) Interchangeable lens mount that is same in size and groove for lenses that were on 8mm movie cameras. So many old 8mm cine lenses (often with f-1.9 ) can be mounted onto the Steky .... (I dont know about the new CCTV lenses though but worth a try)
- top shutter speed 1/100sec
ok, photos will accompany this evening............