Balda Baldinette 35mm film folding viewfinder camera


Balda Baldinette 35mm film folding viewfinder camera

Balda Baldinette 35mm film folding viewfinder camera

triplet photograph above shows the camera closed, the back with the information plate, and open, A compact folding viewfinder camera, the Balda Baldinette made in 1950s by Balda Bunde Kamera-Werk in West-Germany.

Type: 35mm film folding viewfinder.

A very modest viewfinder.

Shutter speed 1-1/300 and B.

Aperture settings f3.5-f16, even though the pointer turns quite a bit over the 16 and under the 3.5, so perhaps f2.8-f22.

Focus distance is between 1.2m to infinity.

It also has a self-timer, cable release option and a tripod mount.

Lenses included:
Balda Baldanar 50mm f/3.5
Balda Baldanar 50mm f/2.9
Balda Baltar 50mm f/2.9
Schneider Radionar 50mm f/3.5
Schneider Radionar 50mm f/2.9

The above five lenses are listed from least to most expensive.[2]
Isco Westar 50mm f/3.5 – my example has this lens.

1953, the Baldinette sold in the USA for US$40 (equivalent to US$317 in 2009). Copies with red and blue leatherette are known, but very rare.

The shutter needs to be cocked before firing.
In order to advance the film, you need to press in a safety button, preventing involuntary film advancing. After you advance a frame, the safety is locked until you fire the shutter again, so you can’t advance more then one frame at a time.

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Author: William J. Gibson

62 year old - writer/photographer Canadian, survived open heart surgery, received kidney transplant, sometimes dour, sometimes amusing, over six feet in height, severely follicle challemged

2 thoughts on “Balda Baldinette 35mm film folding viewfinder camera”

  1. Just bought a Baldinette with a Baldanar 1:2.8/50 lens at an antique mall in Leeds, Alabama this morning – with case and box. Sturdy and in good
    shape

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