Help: again [VBG] the Franka-werk Solida III has three models as near as I can figure but have not been able to infomation as to how to tell. Solid, compact and simply fun folder that takes 6×6 pictures on rollfilm, made by Franka Kamera Werk in the Bavaria region of Germany. Franka Solida. Instruction manuals for Franka New window · Messages in the forum about .. Franka Solida II Ennagon ,5/7,5 cm / 6x6cm Service TOP. EUR 47,

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Bellows release button on the bottom of the camera, large depth of focus field table on the top.

The Solida III is the simple version without rangefinder or lightmeter. I handed it to my wife, not telling her about my difficulties, and ,anual her to close it. I love medium format folding cameras. You must log in or sign mnaual to reply here.

You may do so in any reasonable manner, but not in any way that suggests the licensor endorses you or your use. Has an uncoupled rangefinder pretty rare camera. Some later models got a higher tophousing. There are a lot of different versions.

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Newer Post Older Post Home. When this one arrived I opened it and was incapable of closing it. One distinguishable feature in this camera is that the bellows bed swings to the right, while in the other models it drops to the front.

Later when Sllida gained more confidence in my mechanical skills I made a complete CLA to the range finder, that was quite misaligned vertically.


I have an anecdote about this camera: The Fellsphoto Vintage Gallery. Even being the cranka sophisticated is a sharp shooter, dolida you can see in the following pictures: Franka Solida cameras, like the Balda cameras, were kind of middle-of-the road consumer folders, often outfitted with inexpensive 3-element lenses like Enna Ennagon and Schneider Radionar.

I have seen different Franka cameras with the IIIe name on them, both with and without the rangefinder, very confusing.

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File:Franka Solida III folding camera with Schneider-Kreuznach Radionar 80mm F2.9 lens.jpg

I bought this one with the leather case and a set of filters, in a leather case also. The Franka Solida range is amazing in manufacture quality, reliability and as practical shooters.

First versions got 3 windows – one quadratic for the viewfinder and two small round windows for the rangefinder. The following other wikis use this file: With radionar or frankar optics mostly in compur rapid.

They all use film giving me twelve exposures per roll of film. This version got uncoupeld lightmeter gossen. The timestamp is only as accurate as the clock in the camera, and it may be completely wrong. Note that there is a higher-end version with a built-in rangefinder, expect to pay dearly for that one if you find it.

Cock the shutter, then pull back the button and push the cocking lever some more, about 5mm. Sunday, November 21, Franka Solida. The lens is a Frankar – Anastigmat 75mm, 1: They allow me to always carry a medium format on my pocket. I bought it from an English gentleman, who told me that this camera was his seventeenth birthday present, from his brother, who was stationed in Germany at that time.


Shooting with it feels like shooting a small 35mm SLR while the result is a whopping 6x6cm instead of 24x36mm. Uncoupled rangefinder, view finder for either 6×6 or 4×4?

John Margetts’ old camera blog.: Franka Solida III camera

Compared to what you see on 35mm negs, even a reasonably fast 3-element 75mm lens can be a great performer when stopped down a bit. Simple folder with zone-focusing.

If the file has been modified from its original state, some details such as the timestamp may not fully reflect those of the original file. The Solida IIIe got an uncoupled rangefinder. The Franka-Logo is printed in white on the leather.

Franka-Werk Solida III

The Solida I is the least sophisticated of the three I own. The range finder was non-operational.

These folders are among my most cherished cameras. Sounds good to me.

I turned it upside down, looked everywhere but to no avail. This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 2. Repairs Body obviously worn and painted, the leather smoothed over time, this is a bit of a beater user, but good where it counts: This image, originally posted to Flickrwas reviewed on 1 January by the administrator or reviewer Leoboudvwho confirmed that it was available on Flickr under the stated license on that date.

And contrary to its consumer-level status, this camera is well-designed and robustly built.

Franka cameras Schneider-Kreuznach lenses.

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