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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The timestamp is only as accurate as the clock in the camera, and it may be completely wrong. 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 frnaka Schneider Radionar.

This lens is a beauty zolida what can I say? The Solida III has two square windows out front and a range finder also [on mine it works] thats about all I could find. Body obviously worn and painted, the leather smoothed over time, this is a bit of a beater user, but good where it counts: On the Synchro-Compur the little conical button on top of the lens is the self-timer.

The other folding cameras I had, when I bought this one, in order to fold I had only to force down the struts. Even being the least sophisticated is a sharp shooter, as you can see in the following pictures: Share This Page Tweet.

Juergen Kreckel singles this camera out as being the “best” folder, along with his beloved Agfa. They were manufactured around And contrary to its consumer-level status, this camera frankw well-designed and robustly built.


Franka Solida III

It lacks range finder, that’s why this one came with a Watameter, when I bought it. Later when I gained more confidence in my mechanical skills I made a complete CLA to the range finder, that was quite misaligned vertically.

You cock the shutter manually, and release with the shutter release on the top of the camera. The camera sits naturally in my hand like holding the lens of an SLR. I send it to repair, it was a loose mirror.

The following other wikis use this file: In the picture above you can see the distance indication of the range finder, the red dot warning that the film is advanced and the camera ready to shoot, the shutter release and the advance knob, that includes a film reminder.

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

I got some of this Info from [www. The Franka Solida range is amazing in manufacture quality, reliability and as practical shooters. These folders are among my most cherished cameras. This sets the self-timer.

The Solida IIIe got an uncoupled rangefinder. On this one the lens is an Ennagon 75mm, 1: It also has a PC sync connection, and an accessory shoe.

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From Wikimedia Commons, the free media repository. Its even more confusing. When this one arrived I opened it and was incapable of closing it. Simple folder with zone-focusing. The Fellsphoto Vintage Gallery. My favorite is the Franka Solida II with the 1: Sounds good to me. 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.


I have never heard of a Solida IIIr. There is an depth-of-field-index on the topcase and a Solida III-scriptnameplate in the leather. Once again this is a sharp shooter: It was a good laugh afterwards. Note that there is a higher-end version with a built-in rangefinder, expect to pay dearly for that one if you find it. But the best part is the folder door folds down instead of sideways.

I also know that a few of you may have one or two would appreciate any info to help me identify the differences: This version got uncoupeld lightmeter manaul.

A four element tessar lens compared to the very capable three element Radionar lens. Some later models got a higher tophousing. The lens is a Frankar – Anastigmat 75mm, 1: As with the Balda Baldixone of the nicest things about this little classic is the perfect placement of the shutter release button.

Primary Menu Skip to content. Sunday, November 21, Franka Solida. I love medium format folding cameras. Uncoupled rangefinder, view finder for either 6×6 or 4×4? Standard red-window wind but with a little sliding door to protect the film after advancing to the next number.

The built-in range finder is uncoupled, it has double exposure prevention and a film reminder on the film advance knob.