A Couple of 35mm Folders

Veijo Vilva

Balda Jubilette with Friedrich Corygon-Anastigmat 2.9/50 in Compur (1938)
121mm x 64/83mm x 29/38mm (opened depth = 87mm), 410g, front cell focusing.
The shutter release is at the inner edge of the lens cover, near the rewind knob.
A closed Jubilette is quite flat for a camera with a 50mm lens but still 1mm thicker
than my incredible 6x9 Zeiss Ikon Cocarette (105mm lens), which folds to 37mm.

Welta Welti Ic with Zeiss Tessar 2.8/50 T in VEBUR (1956?)
122mm x 72/88mm x 30/48mm (opened depth = 90mm), 540g, helical unit focusing
with a short-throw lever, which automatically returns to the infinity position (up) when
the lens cover is closed. Opened, this model isn't free standing in any orientation.
(Note: I removed the very worn-out leatherette from the lens cover)

Sample Photos

Balda Jubilette

(Fuji Neopan Acros 100)

Note: I noticed that although the near limit of the Jubilette focusing scale is 1m, the lens can be focused much nearer, maybe even at 33cm. In the right-hand photo above I tried to set the focus at 50cm (the lion's head) but didn't quite succeed. Anyhow, the photo is reasonable. I chose the first two photos for their atmosphere which seemed appropriate considering the age of the Jubilette.


(Scanned with Epson Perfection 4990 Photo)
On the left is a crop from the above photo at 2700 x 1800.

The Epson 4990 flatbed scanner doesn't match a dedicated film scanner, especially when scanning 35mm film, but for many purposes the quality is quite good enough. A 6" x 9" print at 300ppi (e.g. Fuji Frontier) requires 2700 pixels/36mm, i.e. a scanner resolution of about 1900dpi, which the 4990 is capable of. Viewed at 16", the prints are quite sharp, even surprisingly sharp for hand-held shots with an uncoated pre-WW2 lens, medium quality at the time of production.


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