The Goerz Minicord was introduced in 1951 by Goerz Wien in Austria. Paul Wahl wrote in Subminiature Technique "This is one of the three top subminiature cameras( the other Gami 16 and Minox); it is a precision instrument of high optical and mechanical quality, capable of outstanding results"
Goerz Minicord twin lens reflex:
Upper lens for viewer, about F2.5
bottom lens taking lens,Helgor 25mm F2 lens, aperture from f2 to 11
shutter speed 10,25,50,100,200,400,B
A few were made with gold metal and green or red leather panels.
The viewfinder fine ground glass screen shows life size image right side up and left right unreversed.. Focusing with the eyepiece lens barrel is quite smooth.
Distance markings on Goerz Minicord The closest focusing distance of minicord is about 1 feet, however this position is unmarked The distance marks start with 2 feet 2', 3', 4' 5',6,8',12',25',infinity. There are a total of 9 markings.
Apparently the Goerz Minicord transport works only with twin minicord cassette or a pair of minicord casssettes, or one single Minicord in particular, the take up side must be Goerz Minocord cassette, any other cassette or no cassette does not work. Film is advanced by the trigger in the bottom corner, the shutter is fired by the button beside that.
The Minicord III was introduced in 1958, the only obvious difference was the addition of a flash terminal. Some of the original Minicords also have the terminal.
Most of the model IIIs were made with brown leather panels.
image by John Nuttall (Image rights)
|Minicord with flash sync., grip unfolded|
image by Geoff Harrisson (Image rights)