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.
The above five lenses are listed from least to most expensive.
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.
Lens mount on this camera is Leica Thread Mount or LTM. The later lens mount from Leica is the M-bayonet mount. CV makes camera bodies and lenses in M mount as well. For more information on the range of products see www.cameraquest.com
Voigtlander was originally a German firm with a long history of lens making. Taken over by a Japanese firm and breathed life again into the 35mm rangefinder type of cameras with some low cost bodies and lenses, designed fo provide affordable quality when compared to Leica products.
The other lenses I have for this camera: Cosina 35mm Classic f2.5 LTM (Leica Thread Mount) and a f2.0 Jupiter 9 85mm (LTM made in the former Soviet Union).
My plan is to get some fresh colour film and reload this body and take some photographs outdoors tomorrow. I will post the results when I get them processed.
two old lens test shots with the Jupiter 9. There are reports of examples of this lens being difficult to focus accurately. Some discussions point to two factors, a slight difference in the Leica Thread Mount and the Soviet copy, and general production quality control problems. The general consensus is the earlier models of the FSU lens are of better quality. Look for earlier, i.e. lower serial numbers.
a thread on Photo.net where I posted sample photos from my Pony 135 and an interesting discussion developed about the quality of the photos and the relatively low cost of the camera, including the zone focusing of the camera.