Univex Mercury Camera Model CC 1938 & Auxiliary Finder Made in USA S/N 001469
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Mercury is a half-frame viewfinder camera with a rotary disc shutter. The
pre-war Mercury cameras use special Univex 35mm roll film, while the post-war
Mercury II cameras accept standard 35mm cassettes. The camera was introduced in
Universal Camera Corporation found great success in the early/mid 1930s by
selling very inexpensive cameras.
of 1938, the release of the Univex Mercury (Model CC) was made to compete with the
high end imported cameras. Cast from an aluminum alloy and covered with leather, the Mercury was not
only unlike anything Universal had offered before, it was actually a
features worth noting include the unique rotary shutter (responsible for the
circular protrusion on top of the camera), capable of extremely accurate speeds
up to 1/1000th of a second. Additionally, the Mercury was the first camera to
have internal flash synchronization triggered by direct contact with the foot
of the flash unit, known today as the hot shoe.
Mercury uses Univex 200-series roll film. This is 35mm film on a special geared
spool, sold without a paper leader, backing paper, or even a wrapping inside
the box. Note that the film advance mechanism requires the special Univex
geared spool in order to operate.
versions of the Mercury include only a blank leather cover on the rear of the
shutter disc extension on top of the camera. Note that the original series of
cameras were always only identified as the "Mercury" by the company.
Following the introduction of the Mercury II after World War II, the original
series of cameras has now come to be referred to as the "Mercury I"
series, although it was never referred to as such by the company.
viewfinder camera (accessory uncoupled rangefinder available)
launch: 1938 (Model CC-1500 launched in 1939)
#200-series film, for 65 half-frame (18×24mm) exposures
Galilean type optical finder
Lenses: Tricor f/2.7 35mm, Tricor f/3.5 35mm, Hexar f/2.0 35mm, others: 75mm,
Rotary metal focal plane shutter with speeds T,B,1/20 - 1/1000sec (1/20 -
1/1500 on Model CC-1500) plus F hot synch
Mercury Camera Model CC Early 1938 & Auxiliary Finder Made in USA S/N 001469
camera, 2 geared film spools, auxiliary finder and case(case came apart at one
of the seam folds)
works but the gearing did not turn the film spool, not sure how it works
wear, scratches from use and storage
Display Piece, Sold As Is, Not Working etc
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