SCAT camera

Discussion in 'Minox' started by mtc photography, Feb 2, 2017.

  1. SCAT all metal camera was made by Italian manufacturer Societa Construzuzioni Articoli Technici in 1947
    Dimension: 48x 43 x30mm
    Weight 70g(same weight as Minox IIIs) ,less than a third of Mikroma II (230g)
    , It is the smallest 16mm camera.
    Film: 16mm single or double perforated film in two separate cassettes Lens: Aplanatic 25mm/3.5 GEM lens
    Focus from 1.5m to infinity(Focusing dial 1..5M,3M,5M,infinity
    Shutter: B, 1/25, 1/50 and 1/100 Aperture control: 3.5,5.6,8,11
    http://www.ebay.ca/itm/SCAT-chrome-...944621?hash=item4d51fbe5ad:g:1nEAAOSwZQRYdNPq
     
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  2. William White Subminiature Photography said the format was 8x11mm,
    This could be wrong, the book shows a picture of SCAT, but no cassettes.
    Submin.com has a more detailed description,
    http://submin.com/16mm/collection/scat/index.htm
    SCAT actually is a 16mm half frame camera, frame size 7x10 mm, half of Steky 10x14mm; the short side of the frame parallel tothe film strip
    It does not use Minox metal cassette, but uses two separate cassettes, (Like Mikroma) with probably single perforated 16mm film
    SCAT does not have a Minox style take up spindle.The film probably is propelled by a finger pushing the sprocket hole.
    It is unclear at this moment, whether unbacked 16mm film can be use.
    Or whether it uses a film with special sprockets, not standard Kodak performation
    I guess Mikroma supply side cassette may fit into SCAT, take up side Mikroma cassette has a spindle, may not fit SCAT
     
  3. SCAT camera has no mechanic counter . Instead it uses paper backed (like 120 film) perforated 16mm film, with number printed at the back of the paper. There is a hole at camera back, through which
    can see the exposure number. However many SCAT camera' s orginal leather covering had peeled off,
    and replaced with leather covering without hole, hence the counter hole is covered over.
    The film chambers of SCAT looks very much like that of Minox, a left chamber, a right chamber, and a narrow film channel, without looking at the actual cassettes, one can easily mistaken that SCAT uses Minox cassette. SCAT cassettes are very rare, A complete set of two casstttes is even rarer.
     
  4. There are two type of button, chrome and black. Black one earlier
    Chrome knob model around 1950
     
  5. https://www.photo.net/photo/18353132/untitled

    The SCAT cassette is not openable, film must be inserted through the slit.


    The take up chamber and supply chamber looks very much like Minox 8x11, but it is not. William White said
    in Subminiature Photography that SCAT took Minox cassette and made 8x11 size image is clearly mistaken
    he may not have seen the actual SCAT cassette, it is a 16mm cassette, there is no way of using Minox cassette.
    Minox cassette must use spindle drive to advance the film, not by pushing sprocket hole.

    SCAT cassette is smaller than Mikroma cassette.

    I find that loading perforated film into SCAT cassette, the film transport has not enough force to over come
    the friction, and the film slips.

    Hence load perforated film on the right hand side , the film advance finger pushes the film through sproket hole
    to the left take up chamber.

    SCAT lens 25mm f3.5.
    Focusing dial 1.5M, 3M, 5M, infinity
     
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  6. Test SCAT shutter speed with Audacity, the shutter clocks at 1/250 sec
     
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  8. 1-P1030593.JPG
    Scat with orange and green filter
     
  9. SCAT.jpg
    SCAT subminiature camera, made in Italy
    Green and Yellow filters, burgandy leather case,,box
     
  10. SCAT focusing scale
    1.5M * 3 M * 5M * INFINITY

    interpolated scale

    1.5M [2M] 3M [3.75M] 5M [10M ] INFINITY

    NOTE: MIDWAY =2*P1*P2/(P1+P2)

    See:

    Mid point of Lens distance markers
     
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