Mundus Color 65
The Color 65 is a subminiature camera made by the French company Mundus in the mid-1970s, though the style of the camera, especially the crackle-finish paint, and the lens mounted in an old-style leaf shutter, suggest a rather earlier date. The Color 65 replaced the Color 60, and McKeown states that it is almost identical to that camera, but with a slightly longer lens; it has a 25mm f/2.8 Roussel lens instead of the earlier camera's 20mm one. An advert reproduced at Collection Appareils offers interchangeable elnses from Roussel and Berthiot of lengths 20, 25, 40 and 50mm in any case. The shutter is a flash-synchronised ATOS 2, giving speeds 1-1/300 second, plus 'B', which is cocked automatically when advancing the film.
McKeown states that the camera makes 8x14mm images on standard-8 cine film; advertisements (for the Color 60 and the Color 65) reproduced at Collection Appareils give the format as 10x15mm or 10x16mm. The shape of the camera strongly recalls a cine camera. In fact, the notes on the camera at Collection Appareils describe it as a cine camera without the film-advancement mechanism, and with a still-camera shutter added. Collection Appareils shows an example with black paint, and a black-and-white design behind the film advance lever.
The camera makes at least 300 images on a roll of cine film. It focuses rather close; well below a metre. It seems likely that many of these cameras were used in the production of educational lecture-slides, for photographing documents, etc.
|Mundus cOlor 65|
image by Fernando Blanco SG (Image rights)
- McKeown, James M. and Joan C. McKeown's Price Guide to Antique and Classic Cameras, 12th Edition, 2005-2006. USA, Centennial Photo Service, 2004. ISBN 0-931838-40-1 (hardcover). ISBN 0-931838-41-X (softcover). p704.
- Mundus Color 65 at Sylvain Halgand's Collection Appareils