The Goerz Minicord III 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
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.
|Subminiature TLR, made by Goerz's Austrian plant in the 1950s|
image by John Nuttall (Image rights)