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AMI 66 - The Polish Holga

The AMI 66 is a toy viewfinder camera made of plastic during the communist era By the polish firm Warszawskie Zaklady Fotooptyczne WZFO.

Simple and popular
in the People’s Republic of Poland, examples of the AMI were nevertheless hard
to get since their production was limited in the economy controlled by the government.
The AMI 66 came into existence, when the earlier, more complex model, the Ami 2
was discontinued around 1970. The body was redesigned and made of high impact
polystyrene, reducing his weight. A funky pop-art design with white dots around the
lens (which resembled photocells), and a logo in its lower right corner printed on
a flame-red background, depicted a dog, was new.

The AMI 66 takes 6×6 exposures on a 120 film. It has a 75/8 simple fixed-focus meniscus lens, and a choice between 1/50 sec (with flash synchro.) and B(bulb). The aperture is f/8 for sunny and f/16 for cloudy.

Found this lovely plastic-toy at polish ebay, but price+ shipping was much too high.
Looked around at flea markets and camera markets for more than two years…
nothing. Than, I don’t know how many times something like this happened, found
one on a flea market in Netherlands, but without the red dog singh, but for 5 EURO
you can’t get it all…,and two month later a second one, had to pay 3 EURO more for the dog.

At first try-out shutter has been a bit lazy, after hasn’t worked for a long time, (have a look to the dolls), but later on at the fair, as a typical polish friend, it improved to
top form.
My other Ami with Red Dog is my sunny friend, because shutter only works perfect in
sunny position (see the b&w shots).
Either I’ll give her a treatment with a hairdryer, or I leave it like it is.

written by camerao

13 comments

  1. babo

    babo

    That camera is just great! I am craving for one right now. Thx for showing it to us.
    Cheers from Portugal

    about 6 years ago · report as spam
  2. camerao

    camerao

    thanks, and lucky hunting! cheers back to you

    about 6 years ago · report as spam
  3. jelga

    jelga

    heeeeeeeeey! the ami rocks! i happen to have one and it's my best 120 pal!

    about 6 years ago · report as spam
  4. hanspan

    hanspan

    i caught one of these on ebay recently.. watched it and wanted to know more!
    Its now on my want list!
    :D

    almost 6 years ago · report as spam
  5. ndroo

    ndroo

    Cool! One cool cam that I love!

    over 5 years ago · report as spam
  6. thecrazyliberal

    Next time I am in Poland I have to find one!
    over 5 years ago · report as spam
  7. panelomo

    panelomo

    looks cool - and very nice gallery!

    over 5 years ago · report as spam
  8. antek

    antek

    My grandpa gave me his ami 66 as a gift and I love it .
    almost 3 years ago · report as spam
  9. giovannidecarlo

    giovannidecarlo

    I want it ! ! ! !

    almost 3 years ago · report as spam
  10. dreamseller

    dreamseller

    nice article and gallery :)! i just found an ami66 in a polish second hand-store... unfortunately the shutter is not working in "n", maybe i can get some bulb-shots... :)!

    about 2 years ago · report as spam
  11. dida

    dida

    so cool!

    over 1 year ago · report as spam
  12. mirako347

    This one is awesome, it's got the sharp balance between a plastic lens and a glass lens!

    12 months ago · report as spam
  13. redfactor

    I want one of these too :-)

    7 months ago · report as spam

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