Halina A1

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The Halina A1 was a TLR made in Hong Kong by Haking, based on the same body as the more basic Halina Prefect, and appears to be a copy of the Ricohflex Model VI. This slightly higher-spec camera (i.e. higher spec than other Haking models, not higher spec than the Ricohflex on which it was based) had gear-coupled focusing of the viewing and taking lenses, the latter an f/ 3.5 Halina Anastigmat.

A version branded Star-Lite has been noted[1]—confusingly, as that name was also used on a variant of the simpler Halina Viceroy.


  • Type: Twin lens reflex camera for film rolls
  • Manufacturer: Haking
  • Year of launch:
  • Film: type 120 film rolls
  • Lenses: Halina Anastigmat 1:3.5 F=80mm C lens geared to Halina Viewer 1:3.5 F=80mm C lens
  • Shutter: two-blade shutter with speeds B, 1/25, 1/50, and 1/100 sec., selectable with thumb-wheel around lens
  • Cocking: moving the shutter release lever a little bit upwards
  • Aperture: lever below lens, 1:3.5 to 1:22 selectable
  • Focusing: using one of the gear wheels that synchronize Viewfinder and camera focus as thumb wheel
  • Viewfinder: collapsible TLR finder with ground glass screen, and hinged magnifier for optional usage
  • Film advance: thumb wheel, closeable exposure counting windows on the back
  • Specialty 1: leather case has two sheet metal tongues to fix the camera
  • Specialty 2: the shutter of the lower exposure counter window bears the imprint Empire made (=British Hong-Kong)
  • Connector 1: connection thread for remote shutter release
  • Connector 2: flash connector
  • Connector 3: connection thread for tripod

Chinese TLRs
and "pseudo TLRs"
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Seagull 4D | Shanghai | Splendidflex | Temple of Heaven | Wuhan Youyi | YC-75X100
Hong Kong
Bedfordflex | Binaflex | Halina A1 | Halina Prefect | Halina Viceroy | Haking Mirroflex II | Traveller