© 2013 Oscar Cintronmarina
Some cameras have problems with stuck lenses, some with seals going bad and gooey, and  others have trouble with their light meters or frame counters.  Endemic to the Taron rangefinders is their rangefinders.  9 out 10, when you get one of these and you try to focus, the lens will move forward and backward but the rangefinder will not.  Occasionally some will work with some lag time, like this one; but seldom will you acquire one that has a great working rangefinder. Nevertheless, these are solidly built cameras with a design that is uniquely Taron.  The Taron
Marquis is no exception and is one of the larger and heavier ones.  It has satisfying contrasts and gilded with a golden Taron next to the CDs sensor  which is coupled to the lens that controls the speeds and moves the f/stops simultaneously.  Notwithstanding this coupled feature it is fully manual and comes with a light meter similar to the Yashica MG- 1 in that it has two colors: Red or  Yellow and depending on the color you move that front part of the ring left or right. The good thing about the light meter is that it’s only activated after you wind the frame advance lever;  so, do not leave it wound if
you wish to save the battery from early retirement.  This camera uses the PX625 1.5V that is readily available.  The original was a Mercury PX625.  The light meter on this camera still works albeit not very well.  I used my trusty light meter instead to use the camera.  Everything else worked appropriately. It’s got a self-timer, the f/stops run from 1 sec to 1/500th of a sec.  Ensure that the M–X lever is positioned to “X” before starting the self-timer.  The same goes for electronic flash photography.  It’s got a 45mm 1.8 Taronar lens and it gets the job done delightfully.
Taron Marquis Photography