Vintage camera collection – Topcon Unirex EE

The Topcon Unirex EE was a 35mm film camera which was introduced in about 1972 as a lower cost variant of the popular Topcon Unirex camera which had been introduced a couple of years before.

Many of the features of this camera are similar to the original Unirex, so this is going to be a short post just describing the differences and the particular condition of my example camera. For more information on the original Unirex please see my other post.


I would guess this must have been a cheaper version of the Unirex, because all the changes see to be to lower the spec and performance of the camera. The main differences I can see are

  • The metering system no longer has the switch to move between average and spot metering. This camera has light measuring cells on either side of the viewfinder eyepiece and averages the light across the scene.
  • The lens is now a 50mm f/2.8 fitted as standard rather than the f/2.0 fitted to the Unirex.
  • The frame counter is less stylish and doesn’t have the raised bevel.
  • The rewind crank is no longer chromium plate but coloured black.
  • The film advance lever is also not as nicely styled with more plastic.
  • The shutter speed dial and aperture ring around the lens mount are black rather than chromium.

The basic operation of the camera is otherwise much the same. There is still the automatic exposure and it is still a leaf shutter mounted behind the lens rather than a focal plane shutter.

My Copy

My copy is actually in pretty decent condition. The light seals in the film chamber are all disintegrated and will need to be replaced, and I can’t be sure the light meter is working since I don’t have a battery,  but the lens stops down properly, and the shutter speeds all seem about right. The pictures above make it look filthy, but that is always the case – in fact it is pretty clean for a camera which is 40 odd years old.

Topcon Unirex EE spec

  • Topcon Unirex EE 35mm SLR
  • Leaf shutter 1 sec to 1/500 + B
  • Bayonet lens mount
  • Average metering
  • Auto and Manual exposure
  • 10 sec self timer
  • X and M flash sync
  • ‘Cold’ accessory shoe with flash sync socket
  • UV coated 50mm f/2.8 Topcor lens
  • Flash sync (with electronic flash) up to 1/500 sec
  • Body Ser No 15897
  • Lens Ser No 13381




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