Herco Imperial Flash Camera


Everyone who enjoy photography has a favourite type of camera. Someone like half-frame cameras for their small size and large number of personnel, others a professional reflex camera, TLR’s etc… But I also realized that I love vintage box-cameras.

Herco Imperial Flash Camera is an American bakelite box-camera, released in mid 50’s. It is interesting carrying handle, top mounted camera viewfinder (very much closer, by the way), on the right side it has a slide and also a clips, that protect the camera from accidental opening. It doesn’t have a tripod mount though. It is absolutely designed as a family camera.

The camera has only one shutter speed (about 1 / 60) and one diaphragm (I think around f/11). This was originally filmed in 620 type film, but I remade the coil and now I can use 120 film with it. Generally these cameras were mass produced very much back it in it’s day. The company Herco slightly change the design and produced a new camera.

I have taken shots with this retro box so far, with 120 and 135 (yes, this camera can also take in 35mm as well, which is very sweet!) All photos were taken in Moscow and in Odintsovo. I hope you enjoyed reading this review.


written by mcrstar on 2010-10-14 #gear #review #box-camera #herco-imperial-flash-camera #herco #60-s #user-review


  1. dogma
    dogma ·

    Nice one!

  2. plyshbel
    plyshbel ·

    Cool review!
    P.S. Приятно увидеть единомышленника здесь, я тоже камеры коллекционирую:)

  3. il_fungo
    il_fungo ·

    So beauty vintage style

  4. underorbit
    underorbit ·

    thanks for the info.
    i just picked up one of these today.

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