|In it in Dresde, cradle of the German optical and photographic
industries, that the company BALDA KAMERA-WERK is founded in 1908 by Max
Baldeweg. The factory is in good financial health and produces a lot of
At the end of the second world war, defeated Germany is
splitted in two and the Max's company is on the wrong side. The factory
of Dresde is confiscated by the communism state of East-Germany (RDA).
Max Baldeweg went over to West where he quickly restarts a new camera
production center under the mark BALDA. At the same time, the former
BALDA KAMERA-WERK company is renamed several time by the East-Germany
So identify the exact origin of Balda cameras is confusing. The
hereunder table helps to clarify between the various possible origins
the Balda cameras.
managed by Max Baldeweg
Company controlled by
the RDA state
|1908 - 1915 MAX BALDEWEG OHG
|1915 - 1948 MAX BALDEWEG Gmbh
||1948 - 1951 MECHANIK BALDA-WERK
|1951 - 1957 OPTIK BELCA-WERK
|1959 - 1964
Kamera und Kinowerk Dresden
|1964 - 1990
VEB PENTACON Dresden
Balda Matic II
The Balda Matic II is a small 35 mm camera produced by the
company BALDA from 1959 to 1960. It is a improvement of the model Balda
Despite this camera has been produced during less than 2 years,
several variants exist with different lens/shutter associations :
| Color Isconar 1:2,8 f=45mm and Prontor LK |
| Xenar 1:2,8 f=45mm and Prontor SLK|
| Color-Baldanar 1:2,8 f=45mm and Prontor SLK
(thanks to Towermax)|
The camera is equipped with a Selenium cell
and information are transfered in the viewfinder.
Selection of the aperture is done using a selecting wheel located
between the lens and the shutter release. Information related to the
selected aperture is also transfered in the viewfinder.
Due to a clever mechanism, the depth of
field induced by the selected aperture is marked on the distance range.
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