Wards camera? I had never heard of Wards before, so I had to do a little research. Turns out there was a large department store chain named after it's founder, Montgomery Wards, who pioneered the mail order catalog business, a few years before Sears introduced his more famous version. During the height of their popularity several of the large department stores sold cameras manufactured by other companies under their own brand names such as Tower (Sears) or Wards. I probably would have passed this camera up, but then I saw the lens was marked "Hexar", meaning it was a Konica rangefinder, which are well known for their sharp lenses. The Wards AM 551 is a renamed Konica S2 (introduced in 1962), a cult favorite. Unfortunately, I later discovered that the aperture is stuck at f/16. But the shutter works fine so I figured I'd make the best of it. I stuck in a roll of high speed film and waited for a bright sunny day here in Dayton.
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