Toronto. If you were to believe the marketeers who wrote this ad found on page 24 of the October 8, 1956 issue of LIFE magazine, the 200EE camera is so simple a child could take perfect movies. Yeah! Right!
This 16mm camera is very technical and elaborate as the instruction book suggests. The camera speed (in FPS – frames per second) and film speed must be set; the lens focussed; a decision made to use the normal lens or two different add on lens elements to make medium wide angle or telephoto shots; and most importantly whether to use the auto aperture adjustment mechanism (based on an electric eye/motor/battery and red flag) or use a manual setting. And oh yes, do you want a movie or just a single frame?
The electric eye automation is the fresh idea that the marketeers are promoting, but the heavy, 16mm camera is far from the simple tool envisioned. Unless you are a talented photographer trained in the nuances of the art, this camera may as well be a brick!