Halina Super 35x


Or is it the Halina 35x Super? Either way I think it’s pretty “super”

image from here

“WOAH” it weighs a ton!!?? Ok, so not literally but the Halina Super 35x is a heavy little camera! Spanning dimensions of roughly 4.5” wide , 2.5” front to back by just over 3” high. I guess its weight is down to the top plate being made from some “silver metal” I have no idea which and have not found any information to support any guesses! But this weight is substantial enough to bear, yet so contrary to the plastic cameras I was used to before Halina.

This model is an upgrade of the Halina 35x made in Hong Kong by Haking, circa 1963. The upgrade on this being a larger viewfinder and a lever wind on. The camera has a cold shoe mount on top of the camera. The lever wind I think is great for quick shooting.
Stamped with empire made, this camera is sturdy, and a pleasure to use. All mechanisms seem to function happily, and contently with one another combined with satisfactory shutter sound that is a delicate and dainty single “click” as the sounds unite. The shutter release is also a cable release mount too and this would just screw into the top of the button – rather ingenious I feel… and when you don’t get instructions it takes you a while to realise! I realised after a roll or too when Identifying what the indentation on my finger was ‘o’ shaped.. I put two and two together eventually!

There is a tripod mount on the base, although this is not centered due to the back opening mechanism, and my lowly tripod does not like the voluptuous lady that is the halina on its delicate frame. Super is inscribed onto the top plate of the camera in what would have been a delicate addition to the camera.

This camera was one of the first I used out in my garden to catch my dog. And this camera really appealed to me, but I can’t pinpoint why. The shots had a richness about them, a vibrancy to the colours and soft vignettes around the edges. This 35mm eater happily takes roll after roll and has not failed me yet. Teamed with a wired flash, I guess she’s pretty brill! I guess the only thing that put me off is it’s weight.

But all round a great camera, capturing without fail moments in time forever. Lomographers, you’d enjoy this camera if you wanted something for the moment a camera to be left around on the side for those specific camera moments.. but for me it’s not an “I’l take it with me all the time” camera, I’ve had many a dead shoulder from carrying many cameras at once (which I guess is the problem)

In brief, I’ll let the pics do the talking, great camera although not very attractive, but an ideal addition for any collection as they cost literally a few £ – maybe even a use me, enjoy me and pass me on camera :D although I’m not passing mine on just yet…

written by hanspan on 2009-02-01 #gear #super #monochrome #35mm #review #halina #35x #haking #capture


  1. vicuna
    vicuna ·

    Cool review! I like this kind of cameras! :)

  2. hanspan
    hanspan ·

    thank vicuna - didn't even realise this had been published until i saw it on my beta home :D

  3. vicuna
    vicuna ·

    Yeah, it's cool to have our published articles linked on our homes...

  4. mattcharnock
    mattcharnock ·

    hey - nice read! I like these cameras a lot!

  5. eyecon
    eyecon ·

    Always a pleasure to read from you....

  6. weechonghooi
    weechonghooi ·

    i like this camera~!!

  7. kirri-joy
    kirri-joy ·

    great, detailed review. nice shots too!

  8. cinzinc
    cinzinc ·

    coool camera. never herd of it or seen it! and nice fotos!

  9. hanspan
    hanspan ·

    thanks for looking guys :D

    @matt - my halina is better than yours :p

    @ eyecon - many thanks! i'm not a writer at all.. i am a designer and attempting lomographer!

    thanks for the positiveness guys, i've got a small halina yet growing halina collection - my halina pet needs a review too!!!

  10. fuzztone04
    fuzztone04 ·

    great review hanspan! i think theres some requirment that rangefinders weigh as much as tanks lol. you remind me alot of my friend lindsay...which is a good thing!

  11. hanspan
    hanspan ·

    i'm glad thats a good thing!
    my problem is i like to carry them all "just in case"
    oops... i need stronger arms!!

    Packrat bag doesnt help...

  12. jakubjames
    jakubjames ·

    i have this camera however, i am having difficulty mounting the film as there is not spool inside?

  13. olimpia-gomez
    olimpia-gomez ·

    Someone can tell me if this camera has light meter? Thank yoooou :)

  14. toolzinho
    toolzinho ·

    I guess it doesn't have a light meter... But my Hallina Paullete Electric has one... and both of them cost me around 17 € each including shipping from UK to Portugal :P I love ebayyy

  15. tgezzadix
    tgezzadix ·

    Hi, Sorry to point out that the camera pictured at the top of the page is NOT an Halina 35X Super. It is just the "Halina 35X". The Super has its viewfinder above the lens and a lever to wind-on the film.

  16. absinthe_boy
    absinthe_boy ·

    There are two models. The "35x Super" has a lever winder. The photo above is a "35x" which has a knob winder though I believe the optics and internals are otherwise identical.

    I have three 35x's and one even has automatic cocking of the shutter so I guess they made an upgraded model sometime after the original 1959 introduction. I do use them occasionally as they're actually not all that bad. Taking one out to a Christmas market tonight with some 16 year expired Tri-X film....

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