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Goldstein Weekend


Goldstein Weekend
Goldstein Weekend
Manufacturer: Goldstein
Produced: 1948
Classification:Medium Format
Body Type:Box
Film Type:120
Film Width:62mm
Image Size:2¼" x 3¼"
No. of Images:8
Lens Type:Meniscus
Focal Length:105mm
Focus Type:Fixed
Focal Range:10ft - Inf.
Aperture Type :fixed
Apertures :f/14
Shutter Type:Rotary
Shutter Speeds:T/I*(1/50s)
Size (w x h x d):80 x 105 x 115 mm
* Measured on this camera

Art Deco Credentials

Limited: Minor and insubstantial


The Goldstein Weekend was made in France after World War II. It was a popular camera. The box and the film transport system are made from pressed steel. The film plane is curved to enhance the focus in the corners of the film. It took 8 2¼" x 3¼" (6cm x 9cm) pictures on popular 120 film.

This model has a T/I shutter. The shutter is operated by a lever on the side. Time mode is selected by pulling out a tab on the opposide side to the shutter lever.

It has two waist level viewfinders for portrait and landscape. Each is constructed with a lens, mirror and bright screen for viewing. Film advance is by turn-key and red window.

There are no tripod sockets.

How to Use

This camera takes 120 film which is easily available. It has a single aperture settings of f/14. The speed is 1/50s.

With a shutter speed of only 1/50 sec, make sure you brace the camera against your body or something solid and press the shutter smoothly to avoid camera shake.

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 over-exposed by 2 or 3 stops or under-exposed by 1 stop.

The table shown assumes the shutter speed is about 1/50s.

The table also assumes that the sun is at least 30 degrees above the horizon - that's 10am - 5pm on a summers day 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 1/50s

Weather ConditionsShadow DetailApertureExposure
with sharp edges
f/14+1 Stop
Slight OvercastSoft around edgesf/14-1 Stop
OvercastBarely visiblef/14-2 Stop
Not Acceptable
Heavy OvercastNonef/14-3 Stops
Not Acceptable
Open Shade
Nonef/14-4 Stops
Not Acceptable