I lost track of who sent
me this wonderful "camera." Please step up and remind me.
The Chinese really
love optical lenses. You'll find them on many Chinese cameras.
McLeown's actually lists The Babette. Apparently it comes in several
colors and was also available as a bubble gum premium called "The
I wonder how many chunks of pink gum you had to chew to get a Bazooka.
That stuff'd break my teeth if I chewed it now.
The matching yellow strap shown in the first photograph disintegrated
when I opened the package. There's also some kind of chemical
reaction going on between the camera plastic and the clear
plastic used in the package.
That blurry chrome thing on the right is where you attach the strap. It
also locks the camera back. It fell on the floor when I opened the
Here's the original
Babette take up spool. I'll bet this
is a rare item. Note the fine finish work and the 3.75 degree flange
offsets. The shaft deflection is a mere 3/16 of an inch. Despite the
engineering, the spool doesn't really fit in the holders. It just
rattles around. I loaded the camera with some Efke 100 which is
certainly more valuable than the Babette itself. But, what the hell.
Despite the small
light leaks you can see that the Optical lens really is optical. That
big white thing on the left is a church and the dark blob on the right
is a tree. Reminds me of massive blowups I've seen from films shot on
11/22/63 in Dallas Texas.
Poor lenses do not
hold up well to significant enlargements. The Optical performed
brilliantly here. I don't know what the hell that big black thing on
the right is.
I'm afraid that the Babette will see no further use from this
photographer. It's a fragile piece of photographic equipment and I'm
afraid I might break it by doing something stupid like tripping the