Edixa - Antique and Vintage Cameras

Edixa Reflex

1957

Model II

Wirgin

Wiesbaden

West Germany

Image of Edixa Reflex

Lens:
f2.8, 50 mm Steinheil Cassar S, manual iris diaphragm to f16. Serial no. 1205943 .

Shutter:
Focal-plane, speeds 1 - 1/1000, B. Flash synchronisation. The fast speeds are set on the top dial the slow speeds are set by a ring under the top dial.

Construction:
Metal body, leatherette panels.

Format:
36, 24 x 36 mm exposures on 35 mm film held in cassette.

Focusing:
Helical to 2' 6".

Attributes:
Reflex viewing through taking lens. Removable waist-level finder. Ground glass focusing screen with condenser and split-image rangefinder.
Mirror lowered by film advance.
Exposure counter. Film reminder dial, scaled 6 - 400 ASA, 9 - 27 DIN.

Serial Number:
88054 .

With:

  • f4.5, 35 mm Enna Lithagon. Pre-set iris to f16. Focus to 2.5 m. Serial no. 16589.

Edixa Reflex B

c. 1958

Wirgin

Wiesbaden

West Germany

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Lens:
f2.8, 50 mm Edixa-Iscotar, automatic iris diaphragm to f16. Depth-of-field scale. Auto or manual switch and cable release socket on lens. 42 mm screw mount lens. Serial no. 3575631 .

Shutter:
Focal-plane, speeds 1 - 1/1000, B. Flash synchronisation. The fast speeds are set on the top dial the slow speeds are set by a ring under the top dial.

Construction:
Metal body, leatherette panels.

Format:
36, 24 x 36 mm exposures on 35 mm film held in cassette.

Focusing:
Front cell to 0.8 metre.

Attributes:
Reflex viewing through taking lens. Removable waist-level finder. Ground glass focusing screen with condenser.
Mirror lowered by film advance.
Exposure counter. Film reminder dial, scaled 6 - 400 ASA, 9 - 27 DIN.

Serial Number:
219337 .

With:

  • Pentaprism finder.
  • Waist-level view-finder in box.
  • Removable accessory shoe.

The Edixa Reflex B replaced the Edixa IIA and shared the same specification. The lens on this example is later than the camera.

Edixa-mat Kadett

c. 1962

Wirgin

Wiesbaden

West Germany

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Lens:
f2.8, 50 mm Steinheil Edixa-Auto-Cassaron, iris diaphragm to f22. Auto or manual switch and cable release socket on lens. 42 mm screw mount lens. Serial no. 2307262 .

Shutter:
Focal-plane, speeds 1/30 - 1/500, B. Flash synchronisation.

Construction:
Metal body, leatherette panels.

Format:
36, 24 x 36 mm exposures on 35 mm film held in cassette.

Focusing:
Helical to 2' 6".

Attributes:
Reflex viewing through taking lens. Removable roof pentaprism. Ground glass focusing screen with condenser.
Instant return mirror.
Exposure counter. Film reminder dial, scaled 6 - 400 ASA, 9 - 27 DIN.

Serial Number:
336715 .

Notes:
Serial no. on pentaprism: 463112.

With:

  • Waist-level view-finder in Edixa case.
  • Edixa 49 mm screw fit filters: UV; R6 filter (colour correction).
  • Extension tubes: 2, 6, 13.5 and 29.5 mm. Marked 1 - 4. In box with instructions. Edixa name on largest tube. Manual without aperture control. Two sets.
  • Bellows unit, extending from 36 - 124 mm, exposure factor scales for 35, 50, 105 and 135 mm lenses. In box.
  • Edixa double cable release.
  • Instruction book.
  • Ever-ready case.

The first Edixa Reflex appeared in 1955. A large number of models was produced, the Kadett being a budget priced option. Accessories made by Wirgin included bellows, extension tubes and a microscope adapter.

Combined the extension tube set gives 1:1 reproduction. The 2 mm tube has no thread it is simply a spacing ring that prevents the lens from being screwed fully home. The script on the extension tubes differ between the two sets shown here. The lens has a nice feature of a cable release socket to which the double cable release connects.

Further Information:
BJA 1957 p. 600. Shows accessories.

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