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Balda Rigona
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Photos by Sylvain Halgand text by Sylvain Halgand. From the collection of Sylvain Halgand. Last update 2023-11-15 par Sylvain Halgand.

Manufactured or assembled in Germany from 1954 to (After) 1954.
Index of rarity in France: Infrequent (among non-specialized garage sales)
Inventory number: 1249

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Chronology of cameras Balda 

From the 1930s onward, Balda manufactured folding cameras using 35mm film. Due to their features, they competed with the early Kodak Retina cameras.

These are compact vertical cameras, with bellows forming a triangle with the folding door and the main body. The initial models were called Baldina (1935), followed by Jubilette (1938), a series released to commemorate the company's 30th anniversary. The war halted production.
Production resumed only in 1950, in the new Federal Republic of Germany, after Max Baldeweg fled from the German Democratic Republic and the communist regime. The new models are a continuation of pre-war designs with different names. The Baldalette and Baldini are very similar to the Jubilette. One of the differences is the relocation of the shutter release on the camera body. The Baldalette was quickly replaced by the Baldinette. The latter comes in variations such as Mess-Baldinette when equipped with a rangefinder and Super-Baldinette when featuring a coupled rangefinder.

The Rigona is a simplified version of the Baldinette. As it is a late model, it is conceivable that it was intended to deplete existing stock.

Baldina (1935) Jubilette (1938) Baldalette
(1950)
Shutter release on body
Baldini (1950)
No top hood
Baldini
(1951)
Half top hood
Rigona
(1954)
   
Super Baldina
(1936)
Rangefinder
    Baldinette (1950)
Full top hood
Super-Baldinette (c. 1952)
Coupled rangefinder
Mess-Baldinette (1953)
Rangefinder
     

The following 35mm models are no longer folding cameras.

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According to McKeown, this is an economical version of the 1950 Baldinette, featuring a less sophisticated shutter, and thus, is more affordable.

Balda Rigona





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