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The Welta Solida is a combined 6×9cm and 6x4.5cm folding camera released in 1933. It has a coupled rangefinder, separate from the telescopic reverse Galilean viewfinder, in a long rectangular black box. It also has a brilliant finder on the lens standard. The lens is focused by moving the lens panel, driven by a small knob in one side of the folding bed, thus making the camera a mixture of self-erecting folding camera and a folding bed camera. This system was continued in the later Weltur series. The winding is by key, and there is no double exposure prevention. The Solida is dual format, having the ability to take 4.5×6 exposures with a mask inserted in the exposure chamber and a switchable mask built in to the viewfinder.
Known lens/shutter combinations:
- Carl Zeiss Jena Tessar 105/4.5 & Compur 250
- Carl Zeiss Jena Tessar 105/4.5 & Compur-Rapid 400
- Schneider-Kreuznach Radionar f:4.5 F=10.5cm & Compur-Rapid 400
- Steinheil Doppelanastigmat Unofokal 1:4,5 F=10.5 cm & Compur-Rapid
|Catalogue by the Japanese retailer Photo News, April 1936. (Image rights)|
- 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). P.991.
- Photo News Sha. Catalogue of Welta cameras, dated April 1936. Document reproduced in this Flickr album by Rebollo_fr.