I read about this camera line on a number of blogs including this one and this one. According to the latter site, the EE was produced in 1961 which I think is very early for a toy camera. According to this site, they were made exclusively for the Japanese market. So when I saw one I thought I should try it out, despite my dislike of plastic cameras.
I was very lucky to get a really clean version, I have seen some shockers in junk bins. The light meter arrow moved too, weirdly, jerkily, but it moved.
There is absolutely nothing to do but point and shoot. There is no focusing, no zoning, nothing. A fixed lens and a shutter release. The shutter always fires so multiple exposures are perfectly easy either on purpose or by accident.
I loaded up this one with Fuji Acros 100 and went for a walk. It takes 12 6×6 shots, so a short walk.
I liked the shot of the small bushes, there is a weird lens distortion that has a pleasant effect. I might actually use this again another day with colour film. There also seems to be a light aberration which I don’t like so I would like to try it again to see if that shows up again.
Compared with the current Holga cameras, which I have written about here and here, I think they performed equally. BUT this one looks much cooler and is sturdier. There is no way the back would drop off on this one, and there are some metal parts. If I had to choose I would pick a Fujipet over Holgas.
Update: This one was bought by a rogue eBay customer, who claimed it was not as listed and damaged. When I received it back it had an obvious dint in the bottom and the viewfinder was damaged. I suspect they were not sure what they were buying and was disappointed by the ‘toy’ feel of this camera then intentionally dropped it. Even so it still worked, I said it was studier than it looks. I fixed the viewfinder, but the dint remains. Luckily another buyer didn’t mind the dint and it was resold.