New toy - Canon Pellix QL
Today I was walking past a friend's research lab (they work in the area of fluid mechanics). In a corner of the lab there was some old unused equipment. As I looked thru it I found a camera mounted on a tripod (an old Velbon pod that musta weighed 10 lbs!). It said Canon Pellix.
I played around with it for a while. It had been lying unused for over a decade but it is in perfect working condition. The smoothness and precision with which the mechanical parts work - the clicking of the aperture ring, the motion of the focus ring, the shutter's smart operation - is absolutely amazing. But I had a concern - the mirror didn't seem to be flipping up. I thought, maybe it's stuck. But I looked again at the name - Pellix - and then it hit me - it's a pellicle mirror!
It turns out the Canon Pellix QL is quite the piece of work. Not only does it have an ultra-thin pellicle mirror but it also has Canon's old quick-loading mechanism for the film chamber. No mirror flip and no need for mirror lock-up - I can see why this camera was being used in a lab for high-speed motion photography in fluids. Also you can see your image till the time of exposure and during long exposures! I can see interesting astrophotography possibilities.
Anyway, was just excited about it. I'll play around with it a bit. If anyone has or has used this camera I'd like to hear from them. I've heard batteries for it are nearly impossible to find but I can live without a meter. The lens on it is an old 50 Macro! I didn't know they had Macros in 1965.