Toko Teleca

This is the Toko Teleca, not to be confused with the Ricoh Teleca 240 (on my to-get list as it is a half-frame camera), a subminiature camera incorporated into a compact pair of binoculars.

The Teleca uses 16mm film in a special cassette, though Hit-type 17.5mm can apparently also be used.

This should give you the first clue that this will be on display rather than shooter, as the camera mechanicals very similar to other Hit cameras. It does have a flip-tip cassette loading system and the shutter speed is controlled by a slider.

Visually, the Teleca is a beautiful camera, the chrome taking lens and Hit-type body contrast nicely with the binocular portion which is described as “3 power” binoculars in the manual. I have disassembled and cleaned the binoculars, which were hazy, but now function as they should.

MakeToko
ModelTeleca
Yearc1950
Format16mm (10 x 14mm)
ShutterYes
SpeedB, 50, 75, 100
LensTelesigmar
 f4.5 90mm
Focus10ft – ∞
Aperturef4.5 – 16
Light MeterNo
RangefinderNo

Being a Hit-type camera, the shutter is quite wonky and I have not been able to get it to fire reliably enough to warrant loading film, though I am eager to do so.

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