Rare vintage Baldina film camera

The Baldina is a 35mm folding viewfinder camera made by Balda in Dresden, before World War II. Introduced in 1935, the Baldina bears a strong resemblance to both the Welta Welti of the same year and the original Kodak Retina (type 117) introduced a year earlier.

The Baldina has a parallax compensating viewfinder, a frame counter, and on the better lenses, unit focusing. There is no double-exposure prevention. There are significant variations in the shutter release mechanism. The camera was originally made with no body release and a film advance key; subsequent models have either a body release on the top plate or a release in the hinge of folding bed itself; they have a double-exposure prevention interlock, and a film advance knob.

Production of the Baldina appears to have continued until at least late 1941.

There is some evidence that the specification of wartime cameras was affected by availability of parts. Probably that's the reason that makes this camera a rare one. This camera is fitted with a Schneider-Kreuznach Radionar 1:2.9/50 lens and the shutter is Prontor II. Both of these are not a known combination for the Baldina's. I haven't been able to find another one like this. There is also a flash shoe added on top of the frame counter cover. I am not sure if it was done by the company or someone who owned it.

In good working order. All mechanical functions are tested and working well. Shutter fires on all speeds. lens is in good condition. Comes with original leather case. The strap is broken off from the case.

Good vintage condition. Highly collectable camera.

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