|with original Healthways box|
image by Rick Soloway (Image rights)
The Mako Shark is a basic underwater camera designed in the 1950s by Jordan Klein and later marketed by fitness- and dive-equipment supplier Healthways. The body is made from a bakelite-like plastic, and the squat cylindrical shape allows the back to be screwed into place with a waterproof seal.
Versions exist with or without front-panel contacts for flash sync and the color may be gray or black, with red accents. The camera's optics, shutter, and film-holder are taken from a Kodak Brownie Hawkeye camera meaning the Mako Shark is also a fixed focus camera using 620 film.
This camera design was reworked into the Nemrod Siluro, which was manufactured in the 1960s in Spain.
- Design Patent 177,738 "Combined waterproof housing and camera" Application November 2, 1955, from Google Patents
- Period advertising for Mako Shark camera from SkinDivingHistory.com
- Jordon Klein biography at International Legends of Diving
- Sid Macken column "The Submarine Lens: The Point and Shoots," pages 40–41 in The Journal of Diving History, Winter 2011 (Volume 19 Issue 1, Number 66).
|Version with flash sync contacts|
(also see a size reference)
image by Don Henderson (Image rights)