Halina Viceroy (Almost) Fit For a King


Here’s a little bit about this little, nice, vintage, twin-lensed fellow that you probably never heard about until now!

I found this cheap(ish) little TLR camera in a little flea market in Mexico City where I have found many other cameras, I got the reluctant seller to lower the price and got it for a bit more than the price I payed for my Lubitel 166U.

It’s small(ish) and (I dare say) good looking; it has a small plate on the top (not mine but the other ones do) that says “Halina Viceroy” and it says “Hakings super reflex” around the lens (I must admit I love this), on the back it has a sliding door-like thing that covers the little red counter window and says “made in Hong Kong”, it was produced sometime ‘round the 60’s (in Hong Kong) by Haking (of Hong Kong)

As some rubbish/toyish cameras it has simple settings (something like the Diana) three apertures(f.8, 11& 16), one fixed speed and bulb, I like this because you get some choice but not too much. It has a double meniscus, non focusing, f/8 lens that produces some slight vignetting. It takes 12 square pictures on 120 film or around 24 or 17 pseudo-panoramic photos with sprocket holes if you stick a roll of 35mm film in it (but that’s a tricky thing to do with this camera [in my opinion]).

Sorry if the photos aren’t the right side up.

written by lomollete on 2010-01-18 #gear #medium-format #120 #35mm #review #square #hong-kong #halina #60-s #b-w #tlr #lomollete #viceroy


  1. herbert-4
    herbert-4 ·

    Haking made cheap tin or plastic cameras that seemed to work and keep working, and their lenses were slightly better than OK. Keep using this. The more you use it, the better it should get. Enjoy.

  2. stouf
    stouf ·

    She's gorgeous ! Excellent gallery too !

  3. yoscolmi
    yoscolmi ·

    both camera and the shots look very nice! thanks for the review!

  4. dogma
    dogma ·

    Mannn i'm jealous this cam is fantastic! great review!

  5. copefan
    copefan ·

    i had one of these..... i had it nicked out of me bag about 10 years ago in New York! It was a fantastic camera i'd had it about 17 years! Never did replace it........ I might just get round to it...

  6. ndroo
    ndroo ·

    I've a similar one from Haking but called Votar Flex. Another fun old TLR to look out for is the Bioflex. They produce very Diana-ish photos.

  7. tombo2010
    tombo2010 ·

    I have Vortar Flex Menisous F8 Super Reflex double lens, dating way back with case and do not know anything about it. My father left it to me, can anyone tell me anything about it?

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