Super Baldinette -- Chunky and Charming
A few years ago, through an unusual chain of circumstances, I became involved in helping to disperse first one and then two large camera collections. An almost overwhelming task involving literally thousands of pieces, the project gives me the chance to see and handle many unusual -- and cool -- cameras and pieces of photographica. I thought I would share some of these with you. I'll start with some that I've already sold and later add pieces as I list them in my shop Past and Presence.
Let's start with this chunky guy, the Super Baldinette 35mm -- he weighs in at 475g or just over a pound.
Like the much more common Baldinette, the Super was made in West Germany around 1951. It was the ultimate development on the line of cameras started by the Baldina in 1935. As Balda's premier camera, it was equipped with higher quality lenses, in this case the 6-element Schneider-Kreuznach Xenon 50 f/2. It also had a coupled rangefinder and unit focusing lenses. (I had to look up a definition for that last bit. A unit focusing lens is a lens where all of the elements/groups are in a fixed relationship with one another, and the whole assembly is moved toward or away from the film/sensor as a unit. Think push-pull zoom.) When I ran a roll of film through it, I got evenly exposed sharp images. Ah, I love print film for that -- remember the bad old slide film days when 1/3 stop could kill you?
Up in my next blog: Have you ever heard of a Lycon?
Keywords: Super Baldinette, coupled rangefinder, vintage 35mm camera, vintage camera, vintage rangefinder
I still have my Dad's old Balda. Sentimentality, it's priceless to me.
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