Halina 3000

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Halina 3000

In the 1970s, Haking / Halina had been making cameras for about twenty years, a mix of entry-level models and attempts at mid-range. Meanwhile, the market had matured into able shooters with a better speed range, quality lenses and auto features. Where the Japanese mainstay was the TLR models, with compacts at second priority, the Germans were going strong with viewfinder/rangefinder cameras, leaving the SLR models to the Eastern block.

In 1974, Halina introduced two viewfinder models styled after the comparable German economy models. The 3000 / Opticam / EEII with an embedded Seleniuom uncoupled meter, and the 2000, similar, but without a meter. These models closely resemble the Paulette EE II and the Paulette II, respectively, and I believe they were the same but had different name tags. The cameras are not important enough to have more information available. Further, the same camera is seen under several other monikers under Halina and others.


The camera is basic, trying hard to look serious. The body and back cover are all plastic, as well as inside cogs and pivots. Metal top and bottom, but overall a very light camera, at 360gr a far cry from the 35X of 500gr. As opposed to older models, the viewer is large and bright.

An uncoupled meter suggests an EV value, which has to be matched in a window at the lens barrel’s top by dialling the aperture and speed settings to match. It’s low-tech, but it works. The meter is alive and well in my unit, which is more than most of the east block cameras of that time, all with deceased meters. The shutter and aperture blades are agile; I am unsure if this line was well made or if this particular unit is well kept. Unlike early Halina models, here, all markings are large and clear.

No online manual is available nor needed, and it takes no battery to operate the light meter.

Camdex list number 8888
Brand Halina
Model 3000
Value at camdex.ca
Format 35mm
Introduced 1974
Country Hong Kong
Qty made
Initial price
Type Viewfinder
Body material Plastic
Weight 360 gr,  Body with lens
Class average weight 475 gr,  Body with lens
ASA range N/A
Kit lens 2.8/45
Lens make
Filter size 49 mm
Lens mount Fixed lens
Mount size N/A
Shutter Leaf
Shutter make
Light meter Selenium, uncoupled
Winder Lever
Lock No
Speeds B, 30-250
Mirror N/A
Viewer Viewfinder
DOF preview No
Exposure lock No
Exposure compensation No
Shoe Hot
External sync Yes
Sync speed
Timer No
Battery, original N/A
Battery, replacement N/A
Battery voltage N/A
Integral flash None
Service / repair links See camerlog.com
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