Goldi

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The Goldi is a folding camera taking 3×4cm pictures on 127 film, made by the German company Zeh from about 1930.[1] It has a folding bed with slotted rails on which the front standard slides out, held quite rigidly by scissor struts. The bed and struts are self-erecting, with the button to unfold them on the body. The camera has a folding optical finder. McKeown lists a very large range of lenses, including some branded by Zeh themselves, as well as f/3.5 and f/4.5 Tessars and an Elmar. Commonly seen lenses include these:

  • Zeh Zecanar f/2.9 5cm in Prontor II,[2] Compur (with speeds 1 - 1/300 second, plus 'B' and 'T') or Compur-Rapid shutter (with speeds to 1/500 second).
  • Schneider Radionar f/2.9 5cm in Compur or Compur-Rapid shutter.

These lenses both have front-element focusing. The Radionar on an example examined focuses down to 1 metre, and the focusing scale occupies a full turn of the lens. The Zecanar on another example, scaled in feet, is marked to 4 feet; the scale between infinity and 4 feet occupies only about a quarter turn of the lens. The front element is free to turn in the unscaled sector, and by extrapolation, must focus to between 1 and 2 feet.

Zeh also made the Goldi for sale by several other companies, for example as the Ysella for Rodenstock. McKeown states that a 4x6.5 cm model of the camera was also made, also sold both by Zeh and other companies.[1]

There is a Japanese copy of the Goldi, called the Baby Rosen, made by the company Proud. The same company sold a modified version in 4×4 format, called the Rosen Four, that was also sold by Riken as the Adler Four.



Notes

  1. 1.0 1.1 McKeown, James M. and Joan C. McKeown's Price Guide to Antique and Classic Cameras, 12th Edition, 2005-2006. USA, Centennial Photo Service, 2004. ISBN 0-931838-40-1 (hardcover). ISBN 0-931838-41-X (softcover). p1033.
  2. Prontor II T, B, 175, 100, 50, 25, 10, 5, 2, 1, not synchronized; seen in an on-line auction.

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