|Image Size||:||2¼ x 3¼ in|
|Focus Range||:||8ft to inf.|
|Shutter Speeds||:||B,I*(1/40 sec)|
|Size (w x h x d)||:||80 x 115 x 127 mm|
|* Measured on this camera|
Art Deco Credentials
Noteworthy: Worth giving special attention
- Produced during the main Art Deco period;
- Sunburst pattern on front plate;
- Each side embossed with rectangular pattern;
- Left and right sides embossed with 'Balda' in Art Deco font;
- Chrome decal with camera name on front;
- Chrome border around the front;
- Chrome circles around lens and viewfinders.
- Grooved leather strap;
- Bright metal winder.
The Balda Rollbox II was the successor of the 1932 Rollbox which was a very plain camera with very little adornment. However, the Rollbox II has a chrome plated decal on the front with the name "Balda ROLLBOX" on it. The covering on the front is embossed with a 'sunburst' pattern. Each side of the box has a rectangular pattern embossed into the leatherette. Each side of the camera has the name 'Balda' embossed in the leatherette. The box is made of pressed metal which is lined and lacquered in black. A tripod socket is provided. It has a real leather handle with parallel grooves on it. The chrome finishing touches to the front of the camera make this a very handsome piece.
It has two bright viewfinders, one for portrait and one for landscape images. The lens is a simple meniscus with an aperture of f/14. The shutter is a double acting rotary, so the shutter button returns to its resting position (upwards) once released, without causing double exposure. It has a connection socket for cable release. A lever above the shutter release enables you to select Instantaneous or Trigger(bulb) mode. The speed of the shutter on this camera was measured as 1/40 sec. It has an s-shaped knob to wind the film and the film is advanced from frame to frame using the red window.
How to Use
This camera takes 120 film which is easily available.
As the shutter speed is only 1/40s, it is advisable to use a tripod to get clear shake free images. However, holding it against a wall or other solid object would work as well. For quick snapshots, hold it firmly against your body.
If you don't want to bother with an exposure meter, follow the guide shown. It is based on the 'Sunny 16' rule. Film is so forgiving and will produce acceptable results even when overexposed by 2 or 3 stops or underexposed by 1 stop.
The tables assume that the sun is at least 30 degrees above the horizon - that's 10am - 5pm on a summers day (May - August) in the UK.
Remember that the exposure guide in the manual may not be helpful as it is based on the use of old film with a low ISO value.
Using ISO 100/125 film - shutter speed 1/40s
|Weather Conditions||Shadow Detail||Aperture||Exposure|
with sharp edges
|Slight Overcast||Soft around edges||f/14||Good|
|Overcast||Barely visible||f/11||-1 Stop|
|Heavy Overcast||None||f/11||-2 Stops|