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Review: Balda Baldessa Ib (1958)
Old 07-09-2019   #1
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Review: Balda Baldessa Ib (1958)

This is a Baldessa Ib, a 35mm rangefinder made by Balda Kamera-Werk in Bünde, West Germany starting in 1958. This was the third, and best featured of the original Baldessa lineup, improving upon lesser Baldessas with a coupled rangefinder and uncoupled selenium exposure meter. The camera was well built, but had several quirky controls such as a front mounted focusing wheel immediately below the meter, and a bottom mounted fold out winding “key” for advancing the film and cocking the shutter. Later Baldessas would be cheaply made, entry level models, leaving the Ib as a bit of a middle tier model in a generally low end lineup.

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