At what point is a vintage camera review no longer a review? Perhaps when your main objective is simply trying to get an image under when the camera you have in hand has only a fraction of its functionality. I would say the following qualifies...
The Middletown Goodwill used to be such a treat. It seemed as though each visit to this location always brought me a cheap and fun new toy with which to play. I've gotten a number of lenses from this store, some nice sub $5 point and shoot cameras such as the Samsung Maxima Zoom 105, and even the Mamiya MSX-500.
In hindsight, it's easy to think I had a perfect string of luck with my cheap scores at this location, but this isn't quite the case. Even the all-star Home Run Derby hitter eventually lands short of the outfield wall. Such was the case with this interesting piece.
It looks like an SLR, and in fact it is an SLR, but not quite in the way that most people tend to think.
Priced at about $8, and seemingly working at first glance, this seemed like a unique piece to add to the stable. I had never heard of this model, and never expected to see one available in person again, so it seemed like an easy decision to snap it up while the opportunity existed.
Mamiya's 1963 vintage Auto-Lux 35 is a camera that looks like an SLR, and feels much like the SLR cameras so many photographers know. This is because it technically IS an SLR camera. But it has a few modifiers that make it a bit of a downgrade from even the more basic cameras in the SLR camp.