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Balda Baldix (Mess-Baldix) favori envoyer Print
Photos by JM text by Sylvain Halgand. From the collection of JM
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Manufactured in Allemagne from 1954 until 0.
Index of rarity in France : Peu courant (among non-specialized garage sales)
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Inventory number: 2305

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Balda Baldix

This Balda Baldix , known as Mess - Baldix (or rangefinder Baldix) is a folding 6 x 6 cm not very innovative but well built. In 1954, dedicated to a market of not too demanding amateurs, it perhaps did not give the effect of an obsolete item, but a few years later it will be the case.
This does not prevent him from making good pictures in medium format .

The integrated rangefinder is not coupled ,  you must set the distance on the lens after reading the distance indicated under the setting disc on the rangefinder .

The progress of the film 120 is controlled by a window on the back of the device, but there is also a counter ( small window on the left side of the unit) which counts the number of times the wheel has moved the film to a next position; mechanism limits the number of revolutions of the wheel. A lever allows for the reset . There is a protection against double exposure .

The lens is treated for color (red C on the lens).

The device is self erecting by pressing a button on top cover and must be cocked in order to be closed back.

Finally, we can qualify this Baldix as a transition camera