Taron Eye

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Note: the Taron Eyemax is a different model.

Taron offered the Taron Eye (sometimes advertised as "Eyemagic") in 1960[1] as one of this era's wave of "electric eye" camera introductions. Its design is dominated by a black casting atop the rangefinder eyepieces which contains a coupled selenium meter. It is equipped with a 45mm f/1.8 Taronar lens and a shutter ranging from 1/500 to 1 second.

A mark on the lens's outermost knurled ring is aligned with the ASA speed engraved on the central knurled ring. After this, both rings are turned until a red pointer aligns with the meter needle visible in the viewfinder. This only changes aperture settings, until you hit either f/1.8 or f/16; at that point continuing to turn will click the shutter speed setting to lower or higher values respectively.[2] Shutter and aperture selections are visible through small windows on the lens barrel.


  1. New York retailer "Camera Mailorder Corporation"—having just renamed from Camera Import Corporation—began advertising the "Nu Taron Eymagic f1.8" (sic) for $74.00 in the November, 1960 Popular Photography magazine (Vol. 47, No. 5; pg. 153).
  2. This is described in a short profile in the June, 1961, Popular Photography magazine (Vol. 48, No. 6; pg. 124).