Laborec Mirandas

Speciality cameras for laboratory or astronomy.

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  Mirax_Laborec-I_b_.jpg (56040 bytes) Laborec Cameras
First introduced in 1966, the Laborec was based on the Model G with specific features to suit scientific applications. There were several models and series, which I will develop in more detail at a later date. Common features to all Laborecs are:

- mirror operated by cable release pressure only
- limited shutter speed range
- interchangeable user screens, including aerial image option
- oversized wind knob for film advance
- special viewfinder VF-5 with extra condensor lens in the base of the finder

The Laborec mount:
The first Laborecs were labelled "MIRAX" and had a dual bayonet, which was larger than the standard Miranda mount and not compatible in any way. Subsequently, by the second version of "MIRAX", the standard mount was offered. The two versions are shown at right, with the correct VF-5 viewfinder.

As far as we know, there is no direct adaptor from Mirax mount to Miranda, so the only lens is the extremely hard to find 52mm/2.8 Macron in Mirax mount. This makes the Mirax Laborec is a collector camera, rather than for users.

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"MIRANDA" Laborecs followed the "MIRAX", and all had the standard Miranda dual mount and could use normal lenses.

A special version of the Miranda Laborec was offered which was provided with an integrated electrical wind system and remote actuation.

Today, Laborecs retain a quite high value as user cameras in the astronomical field. The control of mirror raising using the cable release is particularly effective in vibration-sensitive environments, and often easier to use than a mirror lock.

The final version, the Miranda Laborec III, was actually assembled in the USA by an entrepreneur who used complete sets of parts bought from AiC when Miranda Camera Co. stopped production. This was a quite successful business.