GAF 200 XF
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The GAF 200 XF is a simple fixed focus snapshot camera using 126 film cartridges and accepting Magicubes for flash. While the camera's exposure settings are fixed, a red warning lamp illuminates in the viewfinder when light levels are insufficient, requiring use of a flashcube. Depressing the shutter release partway activates this rudimentary "light meter," which requires 1.5 volts from an odd-sized PX825 alkaline battery, loaded into a compartment below the viewfinder on the front of the camera.
The name GAF superseded "Ansco" as the company's camera brand in 1967 (their parent corporation had been "General Analine & Film" for decades). Models like the 200 XF were clearly a response to the runaway popularity of Kodak's 1960s Instamatic series using drop-in loading 126 film.