Balda Baldixette fixing flash sync

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  1. Greg_Zauswoz

    Greg_Zauswoz Member

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    Hi everyone,

    my Balda Baldixette does fire the flash if I connect it to the PC port but it is out of sync. Does anyone know how to fix it or how flash sync is achieved with this camera? It is a very simple design. I imagine not too hard to fix if one knew how.

    This model is from a time before electronic flash. Could that be the reason why it does not sync properly with my modern flash guns?

    Cheers,
    Greg
     
  2. Alan Johnson

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    I believe M-synch you have fires the electronic flash before the shutter is open.
    X-synch for electronic flash was on top-of-the-range cameras in the 1950's
    www.wctatel.net/web/crye/z-i120.htm
    I have a late model Zeiss Ikonta 521, so far it is the least expensive 50's camera I have come across with X-synch.
     
  3. AgX

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    In principle one could install an (electronic) retarder on the M-contact. Though I do not know if such was ever commercialized...

    Off Topic:
    `Balda Baldixette┬┤..., I guess one should buy such a camera at least for its name.
     
  4. Greg_Zauswoz

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    Thanks for your replies guys. I think that answers my question. There isn't actually anything wrong with the camera. Therefore, nothing to fix really. Just M-sync dosen't fire electronic flash correctly. Good to have that confirmed.

    I guess that closes this thread.

    @ AgX: I have to agree. The name was one of the reasons I got this camera. It dosen't take too bad a photo though for something that is 60+ years old.