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The Edinex viewfinder cameras for 35mm film were made by Gebr. Wirgin in Wiesbaden. The first model was certainly introduced in the mid-1930s.[1] The same camera was also sold by Adox as the Adrette, released in the late 1930s,[2]

The Cameras where quite compact since their characteristic bodies were thinner between the film chambers, in addition of a pull-out lens barrel with a pair of pull-out grips. Expensive models of the early Edinex and Adrette were offered with unit focusing and fast lenses, while cheaper models had slower front cell focusing lenses. In both cases, the lens and shutter unit is mounted on the telescopic tube.

Production of the camera was resumed after World War II. The exposure counter was modified and a body release was added c.1949.[3] In the early 1950s, the viewfinder was integrated in a small housing, with an accessory shoe replacing the cylindrical post of earlier models. This version was made with a body release as the Edinex I, and without as the Edinex II.[4] Some cameras from that period have a hinged door on the back, to make film loading easier. The early models of the Edinex have a special accessory mount on top between viewfinder and exposure counter.

The Edinex III has a coupled rangefinder and unit focusing. It was made with and without an accessory shoe.

The Edinex III-S is a less advanced version of the Edinex III, with separate eyepieces for the view and rangefinder.

The last version of the Edinex, released c.1953,[5] has a fixed lens tube and an additional fairing at the front of the body, joining the characteristic grips on both sides. The example pictured below has a Pronto four-speed shutter and a 4.2cm f/2.8 Culminar lens with a focusing scale in feet combined with a depth-of-field scale.


  1. McKeown, p.1001, says c.1935. Some websites, including a prior version of this page, say 1927, but this seems way too early.
  2. McKeown, p.10. Some websites, including a prior version of this page, say 1934, but this is perhaps a mistake.
  3. McKeown, p.1001.
  4. McKeown, pp.1001–2.
  5. McKeown, p.1002.



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