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Sida Turf


Sida Turf
Sida Turf
Manufacturer: Sida GmbH
Produced: 1938
Classification:Medium Format
Body Type:Folding Bed
Bellows Deployment:Self Erecting
Film Type:Sida/620*
Film Width:62mm
Image Size:6 x 4.5 cm
No. of Images:12/16*
Lens Type:Turf Extra Anastigmat
Focal Length:70mm
Focus Type:Variable
Focal Range:1.5m - inf.
Aperture Type :Iris
Apertures :f/4.5 - f/32
Shutter Type:Everset
Shutter Speeds:T,B, I(1/100s, 1/50s, 1/25s)
Size Open (w x h x d):90 x 145 x 105 mm
Size Closed (w x h x d):90 x 145 x 35 mm
* Sida Rollfilm similar to 620. See below.

Art Deco Credentials

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Significant: Pronounced and self evident

I consider this camera to warrant 4 stars for the following attributes:


Ribbed Body
Ribbed Body

The Turf is a Bakelite-bodied, self erecting folding camera for 4.5x6cm exposures on special roll-film. It was made by Sida GmbH of Berlin in about 1938. The name 'Turf' can be seen on the faceplate. It is moulded with slim ribs along the body to give an elegant 'streamline moderne' style.

It has an f/4.5 Turf Extra Anastigmat lens with a focal length of 70mm. The lens has an iris diaphragm stopping down to f/32 and front-element focusing down to 1.5 metres. The camera also has an everset variable-speed shutter with speeds 1/25-1/100 second, plus 'B' and 'T'. A cable release socket is provided. The camera has threads cut into the Bakelite for tripod sockets for both vertical and horizontal orientation. It has a Bakelite winding knob and a single red window with a metal cover. The folding table-stand on the front acts as the catch to unfold the camera. Framing is achieved by a pop-up frame viewfinder.

How to Use

Using this camera throws up some challenges:

Sida Turf Spool
Sida Turf Spool

It must be said that there are various versions of this camera, some with two red windows and some that will take 120 film.


Shutter speeds are 1/25s, 1/50s and 1/100s although the accuracy is not guaranteed.

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.

Remember that the exposure guide in the camera user manual may not be helpful as it is based on the use of old film with a low ISO value.

The tables assume that the sun is at least 30 degrees above the horizon - that's 10am - 5pm on a summer's day in the UK.

If you are not sure about the light level, err on the side of overexposure - i.e. assume the smaller f number.

Where there is a choice, a larger f number will give a larger depth of field.

For the slower speeds, you may need a tripod to stop blur through shake.

Using ISO 100/125 film

Weather ConditionsShadow DetailShutter Speed (s)
with sharp edges
Slight OvercastSoft around edgesf/22f/16f/11
OvercastBarely visiblef/16f/11f/8
Heavy OvercastNonef/11f/8f/5.6
Open Shade