two shots I took with a Nikon d3100 w 18-55 Nikkor lens – I was out enjoying the autumn sunshine, lots of leaves down but still some colour left up on the trees….these are in Tay Township about 100 miles north of Toronto.
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.
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.
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: 100mm f/8.8, 3-element glass
Shutter: 2-speed rotary-leaf design with speeds of 1/25th of a second and 1/100 of a second, plus bulb
Flash: M-sync via Polaroid “hot shoe“
Exposure set by Polaroid Light Value scale. (Standard EV scale on 80A and 80B).
Rigid viewfinder on top of camera.
Distance focus by rotating lens front-element.
Self-erecting bellows design.
Steel body painted gray for model 80, brown – 80A & 80B.
Most (but not all) model 80’s have chrome plated trim, especially noticeable on the lens ring. Some model 80’s and all 80A and 80B have polished steel trim.
used Type 30 film
It finally dawned on me that FB was an empty lunch bag. I found myself mostly enjoying cute dog photos or reading various rants by a couple of cranky friends. One bright light was the former Mr. Sulu, George Takei, who seems to do FB pretty well.
There is a superficial and shallow quality to FB. The richness of face to face living colour social interaction that FB does not approach. I need to get out more and participate in three d activities.
A disturbing article today on the loss of cursive writing in elementary school programs. Kids need to be able to keyboard by Grade 4. I have always tried to work on keeping my handwriting clear and useful, a basic communications tool that I have used daily and all my life.
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.