|Adox Golf S|
lens: Adoxar (made by Will Wetzlar)
focal length: 75 mm
apertures: f6.3 – f22
focus range: 1m to infinity
lens fitting: fixed
shutter: Gauthier Pronto
speeds: b, 1/25, 1/50, 1/100, 1/200
flash: PC connector
film size: 120
The top plate is uncluttered. The only controls here are the shutter release and film advance. The shutter release is a simple aluminium button, threaded for a standard cable release. The film advance is a knurled knob. Between the shutter release and the film advance is an indicator window for the double exposure interlock. The shutter release will only work if this indicator is red. When you press the shutter release, the indicator changes to white and the shutter is now locked. When you advance the film, the indicator will change back from white to red and the shutter is unlocked. It takes about a half turn of the film advance knob to achieve this.
In the centre of the top plate is a simple accessory shoe. There are no electrical contacts here and flash is connected via a PC connector on the top of the shutter housing. Flash is synchronised for fast flash bulbs. As this camera has a leaf shutter, shutter speed is not so important as with a focal plane shutter. The manual (which I have!) says the camera will work fine with electronic flash as well.
The bottom plate is plain apart from a linear machining and a centre tripod boss (1/4 inch Whitworth).
The back of the camera has no features apart from a red window. The position of this window is dictated by the negative size which is 6 by 6 cm. 120 film has three sets of numbers on the backing paper – one for full frame (6×9),one for half frame (6×4.5) and one for square (6×6). The set of numbers for 6×6 runs down the middle of the length of film, so needs a central window.
|Adox Golf S – front|
When winding on a 120 film, you have to look through the window at the numbers on the backing paper. The numbers are typically preceded by a row of circles of increasing size to show the number is getting closer. For those only experienced in 35 mm film (or digital), when the film is finished, there is no need to rewind. You wind on until all trace of the backing paper has disappeared from the red window – then you open the camera, carefully take out the film and stick the self-adhesive tab around the film to prevent it from rewinding.
Under the window, the legend ‘made in Germany’ is embossed in the leatherette and beneath that is ‘T-YD’
In use, the base board drops down vertically. This is how I prefer it to be as it leaves plenty of room on either side of the lens for my not so small hands. My Franka folder has the base board hinged on the side and this makes it hard to hold securely.
The viewfinder is very small and I find I need to put my eye very close to it to frame the picture. This means I have to take my glasses off and then I can no longer see the picture I am framing. The shutter release falls nicely to my finger.
I am quite impressed with these. They all came out a bit on the dark side (Gimped to get brightness where it should be) but I am impressed with the quality. Perhaps I should not be surprised. The lens was made by Will Wetzlar who also made lenses for Leica.
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Very interesting, but please note that the comment about Will Wetzlar and Leica is not quite correct. Will Wetzlar was founded by Wilhelm Will (1898-1959) initially as a one-man business in Nauborn near Wetzlar in 1923. From 1912 to 1915 Will had done an apprenticeship as an optician with Ernst Leitz in Wetzlar and stayed there for some time as an assistant. In 1939, thanks to the economic success of the young company, Will Wetzlar moved into larger premises for 30 employees in the same place. After 1945 Wilhelm ran the company with his sons Willi and Erich. Willi and Erich Will sold 25% of the company to Minox GmbH in the 1970s . This participation was taken over by Wild Leitz GmbH (now Leica-Microsystems GmbH) at the end of the 1970s.
Always happy to have more (and better) information.