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  1. compur

    compur No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    Found this little guy on eBay for a total of about $25. It's a Baldinette, an
    early-1950s folder for 35mm film by the German firm of Balda-Werk. The
    lens is the 50/3.5 Baldinar. This camera was offered with a choice of
    several different lenses in its day.

    It's in great condition and everything works. I don't really have to do any
    thing to restore it for a change. I took a chance on a seller who was not
    too familiar with cameras. Sometimes this can produce nice bargains.

    The camera came with a little Gossen clip-on light meter which also works
    and I'll probably sell that. It should return about half what I spent. Maybe
    more.

    [​IMG]

    The film wind knob on this camera is on the bottom, a little
    bit like some of the Kodak Retina cameras which it was made
    to compete with. One odd thing is that the shutter release
    button is on the left side when you hold the camera horizontally.
     
  2. jbylake

    jbylake Dodging the Men in Black Supporting Member

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    Looks great! Good find:thumbup:

    J.:mrgreen:
     
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    PatrickHMS TPF Noob!

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    I have an old Kodak bellows 35mm that looks very much like that, my dad bought it brand new many years ago....
     
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    IgsEMT No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    Did you trying shooting with it? :)
     
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    PatrickHMS TPF Noob!

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    You probably mean him, but for me, I have used mine many times over the years. It was the camera I learned to shoot on after I outgrew my Kodak Brownie box camera when I was a youngun.

    Still would take nice shots, but mostly just a collector's item now, something of sentimental value.
     
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    compur No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    Well, it's not my most convenient 35mm camera, I'll say that. :lol:

    It's got all of 3 shutter speeds, the tiniest viewfinder, a left handed release
    and you must use 3 separate controls between each frame in the right
    sequence or it won't shoot.

    It also took me a while to figure out how to re-wind film at the end of a roll.
    (I think German camera engineers love to design hidden features.) The
    film advance knob pulls out away from the body to release the re-wind -- clever.
     
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    DennyCrane No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    Neat find. Congrats!
     

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