After my last eBay Examiner post, I found myself wanting to try out a classic folding camera from yesteryear. Sure, something like a Bessa II or Super Ikonta would be just the thing. Oh, that Moskva sure is sweet! But, hold up, the bank account’s a little stretched. So, I plunked down ten greasy bucks for this Foldex-20 from the early 1950s. The hazyspotty 86mm lens is pretty sweet! And, you can shoot it at any speed you like — as long you like 1/50. Focus is a snap, because you don’t. But, the majestic promise of 6×9 does beckon through that haze, oh yes.
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So what happened after I shot around a bit? Well, luckily the bellows are absolutely, probably, mostly light-tight… ish. It’s not really built for capturing the decisive moment (1/50!) But, I found myself emboldened by its anachronistic aspect — even more so than shooting a TLR. It was really fun to blast away with. The folding mechanism on this specimen is actually rigid and exact. It begs to be unfolded! Unfold the Foldex-20!
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