Just wondering if anyone has any information on this camera?
It seems to be widely acknowledged that there was a Solinette and a Solinette II, but there are no details available for the first camera.
The only user manual I can find is for the Solinette II, and this specifies that it had an Apotar lens and Prontor SV shutter.
From looking at photos, I can only find Solinette IIs, and see that they came with an Apotar/SV, Apotar/SVS, and Solinar/Compur lens/shutter combinations.
Elsewhere, I've found a reference to a German book that says there was a Solinette, and Solinette II, each with 4 sub-models. My research is finding more information gaps rather than plugging them. Of course, this book could be wrong: retrospectives often are!
My questions are:
1. If there were four sub-models, what was the likely missing lens/shutter combination?
2. Does anyone have any information on the Solinette: did it even really exist?
Last Edit: May 18, 2016 16:32:31 GMT -5 by johnbear: Remove excess spacing
There was a Solinette (I for the purposes of clarity) ... in fact there were five of them: a 50mm Apotar in a Prontor SV, and SVS, a 45mm color Apotar in an SVS (for export to the USA), a 45mm Solinar in a Synchro-Compur, and a 50mm Solinar in a Compur RMXV.
If all Solinettes were photographed in the closed position, it would be easier to tell whether it was an "original" or a II, but they are not.
The Solinette II says "Solinette" with a Roman "II" underneath on the front of the folding cover. I've never seen what it says on the cover of a Solinette (I). I haven't been able to find a picture on the Internet, so it would be really good if someone has one, and can post a photo.
If you have a Solinette (I), please can you post pictures of it, especially if you can spot any differences between yours and the one illustrated in the manual. I have read a rumour that the first one had a slightly smaller viewfinder window. Also, the baseboard cover should be different, because it will not be embossed "Solinette II". I'd be very interested to see a picture of that.
As regards its worth - I doubt it will be worth more than any other Apotar/SV Solinette. I'd expect the appeal of this camera to be limited ... heck few people even seem to know or be interested that it existed!!!