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Balda-Bunde Kamera - Werk



A simple 6x6 camera, very similar to Goldeck 6x6 and Dacora Digna cameras. They all have a similar concept, all metal construction, the collapsible lens tube and a poor viewfinder. Baldixette has two shutter speeds: 1/60 and B (Is it a speed?), for timed exposures. It has also a PC flash terminal for bulbs.

As a young boy I owned a Dacora Digna camera which is like a copy of this Baldixette. (Or perhaps vice versa)
The appearance promises more that the features really are.

The truth is that Balda Baldixette is a plain box camera with the exception that the box cameras usually gives you 6x9cmm negatives instead of 6x6 as Baldixette.


Some specifications

  • Film type 120 rolfilm
  • Picture size 6x6cm
  • Weight 420g
  • Lens Balda-Bunde Baldar 1:7,2 /~75mm
  • Shutter Click Clack ?
  • Shutter speed B ~1/30sec
  • Viewfinder Simple Galilean

A Story which has never became clear to me

Again a camera manufacturer with very long history. The story beguns when Max Baldeweg founded a camera factory in 1908. The production was busy until WW II changed all. Max Baldeweg lost his company to the state but he founded a new company under the Balda name in Western Germany. Also in East Germany cameras were manufactured under the same name, Balda.
As usual the models and manufacturing prosesses and machines and even the names were stolen. The East German company continued to produce cameras under the Balda name until 1951, when the name changed to "Optik Belca Werke". 1957 this company formed part of the new "VEB Kamerawerk Niedersedlitz" . (This information is from web Site. You have to visit there if you are interested in what really has happened.)

©2004 Reijo Lauro