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Review: Walz Envoy 35 (1958)
Old 07-09-2019   #1
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Review: Walz Envoy 35 (1958)

This is a Walz Envoy 35, a 35mm rangefinder camera made by Walz Company, LTD of Tokyo Japan from 1958 to around 1961. The Envoy was an up-level model of the earlier Walz 35 and came with an excellent 7-element Kominar lens, built by Nittō Kōgaku of Japan. Walz was a company primarily known as a distributor of photographic goods, and there is some debate as to whether or not they actually built this camera themselves, or had production outsourced to some other company. A well made camera, the Walz Envoy 35 was comparable to many other excellent Japanese rangefinders of the era, but sadly would be the company’s last, as they would go out of business in early 1961.

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https://www.mikeeckman.com/2019/04/walz-envoy-35-1958/

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Nice review. Years ago I had one of these.
It's a very well-made camera and gave nice results.
The coupled shutter/aperture EV system was a PITA.
Otherwise I found it pleasant to use.
I still have a Walz Wide camera, a simpler model.

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One of the few fixed lens leaf shuttered RF cameras that had a Sonnar formula lens, the f1.9 model at least.
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Nice review. Years ago I had one of these.
It's a very well-made camera and gave nice results.
The coupled shutter/aperture EV system was a PITA.
Otherwise I found it pleasant to use.
I still have a Walz Wide camera, a simpler model.

Chris
I've never been a fan of ANY coupled LVS system but some companies did it better than others. But you're right, this is a splendid camera that produces outstanding results. It should, it's got a Sonnar formula lens!
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