Classic Cameras Friday! Revere Eye-Matic EE127 – 1959
It’s Friday, time for some Classic Camera. Today I want to show you the Revere Eye-Matic EE 127 from 1959, here some facts:
- Second inexpensive auto-exposure still camera
- $139.50 in 1959 ($1045 in 2010 dollars)
This was the second of the auto-exposure cameras introduced in 1959. Revere, like Bell & Howell, had perfected its auto-exposure systems in movie cameras and then moved the technology to still cameras.
This is a big, heavy camera made of painted steel, like a kitchen appliance or even a car. But, as the review from none other than Peter Gowland says (below), it worked.
Wow was it expensive: $1045 in 2010 dollars! The Bell & Howell Electric Eye 127 was $599 in 2010 dollars, and the Brownie Starmatic was only $259 in 2010 dollars. (Both are shown by this app.) Revere must have expected buyers to pay a lot for automation in 1959.
Clearly, though, these early cameras proved that auto-exposure was here to stay.