|Baldalux 6x9 folding camera|
The Baldalux was manufactured by Balda-Werk Bünde, the West German company arising from the pre-war Balda, which was based in Dresden (the East German plant became Belca). Like a number of German camera makers, Balda-Werk Bünde products were often rebranded for sale by other distributors and export to other markets, and so appear under different names. This is the case here, although the camera model being called Baldalux clearly points to its origins. My camera has 'Zodel reg.' stamped on the leatherette on the front of the camera (I've seen other examples on the web where the lettering here is Baldalux - one wonders whether the superfluous 'reg.' was just added to make the text a better visual fit). It also has a fading water-slide transfer label for Wallace Heaton, obscuring the Balda-Werk Bünde branding. Zodel was a brand name used by Wallace Heaton, a London based distributor, to rebadge their cameras. I also have a 6.5x9 plate camera from the 1930s with the Zodel brand.
|Wallace Heaton label covering Balda-Werk Bünde stamp|
|A piece of card stops the double exposure prevention from working|
|Roadworks, Berlin, shot on Ilford Delta 100|
|View from the Teufelsberg, Ilford HP5 with yellow filter|
|Klosterstraße, Berlin, shot on Ilford HP5|
|Bahnhof Berlin Oranienburger Straße, Ilford Delta 3200 with 6x4.5 mask|