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ADOX Golf

Golf was the name of a family of rollfilm cameras, first introduced during the first years of the 50s, comprised by three different models (I, II and IV) that received different combinations of shutter and lenses. Model I is the simplest (also known as Golf 63) and model IV the best equipped (known as Mess-Golf, including an uncoupled rangefinder). I have still to find a reason for the absence of a Model III.

All the Golf cameras used 120 roll film, providing 12 pictures per roll, size 6x6. Mess-Golf (Model IV) usually mounts a Steinheil Cassar 75mm, with apertures between f/3.5 and f/22 and focusing from 1 metre to infinity, by means of the rotating front element of the lens. A DOF scale is usually present around that front element, with hyperfocal "red dots". Shutter for this camera is usually an 8-speed Prontor-S, from 1 sec to 1/300, plus B, flash synchronized as is common among filding cameras of that era. The Golf 63 usually mounts an Adoxar lens (rebadged 3-element glass from Will Wetzlar), with a focal length of 75mm and apertures between f/6.3 and f/32. Shutter for the Golf 63 is usually a 3-speed Vario, with 1/25, 1/50 and 1/200 plus B, again flash synchronized.

In all cases, shutter is cocked by means of a lever located at the shutter's body, whose release button can be found at the top cover, that enables the use of a remote cable for firing. Film advance is accomplished by means of a turning wheel, also located in the top cover, that includes a double exposure prevention mechanism, locking the release button and displaying a small red dot near it.

Camera has a die-cast body, with rear door that opens from the side, and that includes the typical ruby window to position film during advance and identify the number of the current frame. Covered in black leatherette, there us a tripod bush at the bottom plate.

Camera's top cover houses the shutter release button, the door release button, the film advance wheel and the viewfinder / combined rangefinder depending upon the model. Viewfinder has neither parallax compansation not dioptric compensation, and shown approximately 2/3 of life size. Rangefinder, in Model IV, shows a magnified image of the center area of the composition. This rangefinder is "coincidental" (quite like those on Isolette III, for example) and distance measures are made by rotating a small wheel in the leftmost part of the top cover. Being uncoupled, once distance has been measured, it has to be read off the cover and transferred to the lens by means of its rotating front element.

Its dimensions are 135x90x40 (closed) or 135x90x100 (opened), and weights around 470 grams.



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