REO Menis old box camera review!


I got to borrow this neat old box camera from my mom’s guy, since he knows I like cameras and photography! I stuck a roll of film in there, and it worked! I will now talk about the overall experience.

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I searched the net for more information and history on this little box but I have found nothing yet.
There is no specific brand to it (i.e. Kodak, Afga), or any date as to when it was made.
The box simply says: REO Menis, REO BOX, Made in Germany. But having searched the internet for these kinds of cameras, I am guessing it’s about +50 years old.

I opened it up and realized it operates with 120-film, which I thought was cool! Both that I would now be able to use it and that 120-film is still around. 120-film is hard to come by in Sweden, but I finally found a Swedish website and got myself some Kodak TriX 400iso B/W film.

Since it was my first time ever using 120-film I had no idea how I was supposed to load it, so once again I searched at YouTube because there are a lot of good tutorials there for basically everything.
I found a video and loaded it in the best I could.

Here are the results!

Credits: lighttomysoul

The roll was supposed to take 8 frames, but I missed the first one and I believe the rest just got over-exposed because the shutterbutton is manual, and I think I should’ve used a lower iso film, because it was quite sunny outside.

But all in all it was a lot of fun, very much like a toy.

And if you ever see one of these old things in a flea-market, antique-shop, your grandparents house, and can pick it up for a cheap price, then I suggest do it, but don’t expect too much!

Have fun with it and be happy in the fact that our analogue cameras today are much more reliable and easy than these boxes, but it’s cool to have an idea of what they used way back then!


written by lighttomysoul on 2011-04-30 #gear #review #old #box-camera #120film #user-review


  1. nicx
    nicx ·

    Great Shots

  2. lighttomysoul
    lighttomysoul ·

    @nicx thanks a lot :)

    *NOTE: the camera in the photo is not the actual camera, but the closest looking one. The camera has two viewfinders and just a tiny little metal bit sticking out as a shutterbutton (as seen in the lower right corner of the far side)

  3. itsdebraanne
    itsdebraanne ·

    i love the last photo! great shadows!

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