Vintage camera collection – Miranda Sensorex II

This is a new Miranda 35mm camera which I’ve added to my growing Miranda camera collection. When I say new I of course mean new to me – the camera is about 40 years old!

My Camera

I picked this up from my usual source of vintage cameras ebay, and paid about £15 including postage for the body without a lens. For the pictures above I used the lens from my Sensorex.

The supplied viewfinder is not in fact the correct one for this camera, but is the one which was supplied with the Auto Sensorex EE2. There is a little viewport next to the eyepiece which gives a view of the shutter speed set on the camera, and on the EE2 the speeds were repeated on the bottom of the dial to support this feature. On the Sensorex II there is just a view of the bottom of the shutter speed dial so it’s not adding much information!

I was surprised to find that once I put a battery (a modern 1.5v call) into the battery compartment the metering is still working and responding to light. I haven’t checked it’s accuracy, but I would expect it will be fine as long as the film speed is set slower that the actual film fitted to compensate for the increase in voltage.

The camera needs a good clean and there are some areas of paintwork on the back door which are a bit battered, but other than that everything seems to be working correctly. In fact, with the metering working, I considered taking this camera on my trip to CenterParcs in a couple of weeks, but unfortunately I don’t have many lenses with the aperture coupling arm so I’m going to stick to my original plan and take my Miranda G.

Miranda Sensorex II

The sensorex II has all the features which most of the miranda series of cameras had, namely

  • Replaceable viewfinder with waist and eye-level options available
  • Dual lens mount – internal M44 thread and external bayonet
  • Excellent engineering

The Sensorex II had a similar metering system to the original Sensorex, using a match needle system visible in the viewfinder with the light sensor fitted to the mirror which enabled it to be used with any viewfinder fitted to the camera. The user needed to set the maximum aperture of the lens fitted so that the coupling arm could be calibrated for the lens fitted.

The differences with this camera seem to be purely cosmetic changes – for example the switch which sets the lens maximum aperture is fitted to the film rewind crank, rather than having a separate switch fitted to the front of the camera. Also the styling of the viewfinder is more in keeping with the viewfinder fitted to the Sensomat series, and the big plate fitted in front of the viewfinder on the original Sensorex is gone. I would expect the camera was produced simply to refresh the current offering to make it more appealing with other manufacturers bringing out new cameras.

  • Miranda Sensorex II 35mm SLR camera
  • Manufactured about 1972
  • Removable/Replaceable viewfinder
  • Miranda dual mount – M44 + bayonet
  • Self timer
  • Front mounted shutter release
  • Shutter range 1 sec to 1/1000 + B
  • Match needle metering system
  • ISO range 25 to 1600
  • Film type reminder
  • Auto reset frame counter
  • Film type reminder
  • Shutter cocked indicatore
  • Lens / camera aperture coupling arm
  • Switch to set lens max aperture
  • Body Ser No: 8323832

 

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8 thoughts on “Vintage camera collection – Miranda Sensorex II

  1. I just shot one of these for the first time. What a delightful camera. Mine has some issues with a slow shutter at high speeds, unfortunately. But it was a pleasure otherwise.

  2. Good morning Sion

    A cracking series of articles on Miranda cameras – the build quality is astonishing.

    I have a couple of auto Miranda 3.5 135 mm lenses that I am going to dispose of. Is there a Miranda collectors’ club that you are aware of or any other bunch of enthusiasts that I could contact?

    They are both in terrific condition, few bits of dust, no fungus but the aperture on one is a little tardy.

    Ideas welcome.

    best

    David

    • Hi David

      I’m afraid I don’t know of any Miranda collectors club – to be honest I get all my equipment from eBay and haven’t had much ‘person to person’ contact with other collectors. There is a Facebook Vintage camera group which is sometimes used by members to sell equipment – you could explore that.

      • Afternoon and thanks for the fats reply.

        I’ll follow that lead. Reluctant to put them on eBay as I’m sure that there will be someone out there that really wants them, but I suppose that is where they’ll end up.

        Keep up the great work with your site.

        Best Wishes

        David

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