Belfoca II is a medium format film folding camera made by Belca-Werk (Balda) and after 1957 made by Welta, originally introduced in 1956.

This camera is a rare one. It is similar Belfoca I, but with finder incorporated in top housing.

After the WW2, the Dresden firm Balda stayed in east Germany and its name changed to Belca-Werk in 1951. It continued for some time to produce folders, and was absorbed into VEB Kamera-Werke Niedersedlitz in 1957. From that time Belfoca I and II cameras made by Welta, which was a part of VEB-camera-Werke Niedersedlitz.[1]


The camera in the pictures is a Welta made one.

  • Embossing on the front cover: Belfoca II
  • Name on top of the camera: Welta
  • Film: 120 roll, picture size: 6x9 and 6x6 with a mask
  • Lenses: Feinmess Dresden Bonotar 105mm f/4.5
    • E.Ludwig Meritar and Meyer Görlitz Trioplan, coated, filter slip-on
    • Aperture: up to f/16 setting: ring and scale on the lens-shutter barrel
    • Focus range: 1.5-15m +inf
  • Focusing: manual front cell focusing
  • Shutters: Junior everset shutter, with speeds 1/25,1/50,1/100 +B
    • Tempor with speeds 1-1/250 +B
  • Shutter release: on the top plate, press and release, shutter cocks and fire
  • Viewfinder: reverse telescopic finder; a button on the top plate selects the frame size, optional accessory brilliant finder nest on the lens standard
  • Winding knob: on the top-plate
  • Bellows: self erecting, opens by a small button beside winding knob; closing: press the nicked semi-rings on the struts
  • Flash PC socket: on the lens-shutter barrel
  • Cold-shoe
  • Back cover: hinged, opens by a latch on the right side of the camera, w/ two red windows and built-in lid for windows
  • Tripod socket: 3/8"
  • Hand grip lugs
  • Body: metal; Weight: 654g
  • Serial no. inside of the back cover

Notes and refrencesEdit

  1. McKeown's p.121


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