Miranda A

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Miranda A

The first Miranda SLR model was the model ‘T’, sold in 1955 under the Orion brand and after that under Miranda. A similar model, the ‘A’, came to market at its heels. It had a top speed and lever winding, the rest similar to the ‘T’ and the ‘T II’ models. While the ‘T’ models are scarce and fetch high prices at the collectors market, the A  is (almost) commonly found yet brings more than the rest of the Miranda models.

The ‘A’ had evolved into the early non-metered Miranda models line till the Automex came on board. It vaguely resembles the Exakta style, with the front-mounted trigger and the lens’ arm, only here it is on the front right. Using the camera is straightforward. The double-decker speed selector has the slow speeds under the fast speeds dial. To use the slow speeds, set the main dial to X and hold the two arms on the bottom dial to set it, where it cocks the spring that activates it. Luckily, nothing close to the dreaded Exakta low speeds dial.

The lens stops down with a trigger press, and a tiny button under the lens arm locks the shutter in an off position. Removing the viewer takes pulling a pin by the rewind knob and pulling up the viewer assembly. Note that the viewer is removed by pulling backwards, unlike the Exakat and others, where it pops up.

List number 9364
Brand Miranda
Model A
Manual Butkus
Format 35mm
Introduced 1955
Country Japan
Qty made 70,000 of all group variants
Initial price
Type Compact SLR
Body material Metal
Mode Manual
Weight 650 gr,  Body only
Class average weight 610 gr,  Body only
ASA range 50-200 memo only
Kit lens 1,9/50
Lens make Soligor
Filter size 46 mm
Lens mount Bayonet
Mount size Miranda
Shutter Focal plane cloth horizontal
Shutter make
Light meter None
Winder Lever
Lock Yes, on lens arm
Speeds B, 1-1000
Mirror None auto return
Viewer Interchangeable viewer
DOF preview
Exposure lock No
Exposure compensation No
Shoe No
External sync F/X
Sync speed 30
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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