The Miranda Camera Company (Originally Orion Camera Company) operated between 1955 & 1978. In the early years they were at the forefront of SLR camera innovation & technology. They produced high quality cameras from beginning to end but were beset by some poor business decisions early on leading to their cameras not even being distributed in Japan for several years and only available for export. Their American importer Allied Impex gradually took over the company and owned it by the end of the 60’s. They were also dependent on other manufactures for their lenses in the early years and ended up with a complicated array of lens mounts. One of their most successful cameras was the Sensorex 1966-71 followed by this model the Sensorex II introduced in 1971. Another quirk of the Sensorex is that the shutter button is on the front and not the top of the camera.

Miranda Cameras can often be found for good prices on the second hand market as they don’t carry the same cache as Nikon or Olympus even though they are of equal quality. They are exceptionally well made heavy junks of metal! On the down side there are very few places that can or will work on them anymore which means that when your Miranda camera finally does stop working it may not be possible to get it working again. Much like the Petri Camera Company Miranda struggled in the mid 70’s to embrace new manufacturing methods and keep up with evolving camera electronics and in 1978 the company closed down. Also like Petri their name ended up being sold to Dixons Electronics UK and used on a range of cheap point & shoot cameras and other electronics

The film I loaded into the Miranda Sensorex for these shots is a bit of a mystery film that outside Japan goes by the name of Fujicolor Industrial, even though the word industrial appears nowhere on the box! It’s sold as “film for business purposes” implying commercial or wholesale use which is probably where the word industrial ended up coming from. It’s only distributed in Japan but available in other parts of the world thanks to online resellers. Some say it’s just the same as Fujicolor 100 Japan and folks have documented that both films have the same coding on them. Others say that the light balance of the 2 films is different, I’ve never shot Fujicolor 100 Japan so I have no first hand observations. All this might soon be a mute subject anyway as it’s also been reported that Fuji have recently stopped selling this film even in Japan and there does seem to be a lot less of it available on ebay and the price has also gone way up. It would be a shame if this turns out to be true and another film option has bit the dust!