Minicord - Antique and Vintage Cameras

Minicord

1951

C.P. Goerz

Vienna

Austria

Image of Minicord

Lens:
f2, 2.5 cm Goerz Helgor, iris diaphragm to f11. Serial no. 15871 .

Shutter:
Speeds 1/10 - 1/400, B. Self-capping. Flash synchronisation.

Construction:
Metal body.

Format:
40 exposures, 10 x 10 mm on 16 mm cine film, held in special cassettes. Either two cassettes (feed and take-up) are used or a double cassette, the double cassette could be re-loaded by the user.

Focusing:
Scale to 2 feet.

Attributes:
Reflex viewing through second lens. Eyesight adjustment. Parallax marking in finder.
Film advance by two claws. Depth-of-field scale. Frame counter.

Identification:
Brown leather finish, flash synchronisation.

With:

  • Pouch.
  • Minilux enlarger. For 16 mm negatives. 23 x 23 cm baseboard, 34 cm column. Double condenser, red filter.

The Minicord was one of the better made miniature cameras of the period and unusual in being a twin lens reflex. Early models do not have flash synchronisation, some later models are marked Minicord III. Most later models seem to be finished in brown leather, a few were gold plated with red or green leather panels. If the serial numbers are consecutive then some cameras marked Model III precede some that are simply marked Minicord.

The patents show the inventors as Franz Sochor and Heinrich Tischberger, the applicant is Istegstahl GmbH of Vienna (possibly a patent holding company). The British patent is non technical and does not describe the mechanism, only the basic form and ergonomics are described; the essence of the design, and shape of the camera with its finger-grip, is to provide a camera that can be used in one hand and eliminates camera shake.

Accessories included:

  • Flash bracket, this screwed to the tripod socket and positioned the flash unit in front of the finder.
  • Pouch and Ever-ready case.
  • Filters and Lens-hood.
  • Miniplex developing tank.
  • Minilux enlarger.
  • Minigrand projector and slide mounts.
  • Magnifying lens with film guide to view negatives.

Minilux enlarger
The body of the Minicord camera fitted to the enlarger to provide the optics and film plane. Two print frames were available to hold the enlarging paper these were for 55 x 55 mm and 80 x 80 mm prints. The Minilux could also be used as a copying stand for reproduction work or close-up photography, for this an 'extension piece' was required.

References & Notes:
BP 681965/1952. Austrian patent 169775. German Patent DE940621. US-Pat. 2679196.

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