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Franka Solida IIL

Franka Solida IIL with Schneider Kreuznach 80mm f3.5 Xenar lens

lens serial no. 5159810 dates it to around June 1957 



(Schneider-Kreuznach serial numbers)

 

                                                   

Haweswater from the summit of Harter Fell The Langdale Pikes from Allen Crags   the top of Grains Gill with view down Borrowdale to Derwent Water and Skiddaw view ESE from Helvellyn summit
Haweswater Allan Crags Grains Gill Helvellyn summit

 

Long Meg of the Great Salkeld stone circle the back (north side) of Skiddaw from Lonscale Fell Ullswater from the tower on Bonscale Pike
Long Meg back o' Skiddaw  (4x) Ullswater

 

Skiddaw and High Rigg seen on the descent from White Side  
Skiddaw Bassenthwaite Lake from Barf (2x) north from Raise (3x)

 

Haweswater from the summit of Harter Fell  the top of Grains Gill with view down Borrowdale to Derwent Water and Skiddaw The Langdale Pikes from Allen Crags
Crummock Water Grasmoor summit (3x) Gasgale Gill

 

  Wasdale Head from the Eskdale path
  Wasdale Head (3x)  

2x, 3x, 4x = number of stitched photographs

 

Other variants of the Solida II with Xenar lens:

Solida IIR and Solida II both with Xenar lenses

left: Solida IIR with S-K Xenar 5069247 (Mar 1957)  :  right: Solida II with S-K Xenar 5080565 (Apr 1957)

I also have two other Solida II's with S-K Xenar lenses Xenar 4642563 (Dec 1955)  and Xenar 4919847 (Oct 1956)

together these allow me to make a multiple lensed panoramic camera

 

      

 a 1957 advertisement  :  note that the 35mm equivalent (although with coupled rangefinder) costs almost 50% more!

Price comparisons with today's values:

  1957 prices 2013 compared to RPI 2013 average earnings
II 25 10s 0d 504.00 1260.00
IIR 30 12s 6d 606.00 1510.00
IIL not known, but probably about the same as the 'R'
every-ready case 1 15s 6d 35.00 87.50


Franka's 35mm Super Frankarette with its coupled rangefinder cost 22% more than this top of the range 6x6 folder:

Frankarette 25 19s 6d 514 1280
Super Frankarette 37 6s 0d 738 1840

Modern day price comparison (Aug 2014):  Canon EOS 6D Digital SLR Camera with 24-105mm Lens   Canon EOS 6D Digital SLR Camera with 24-105mm Lens 1899 (1749 with 150 Canon cashback)

 

Links:   (photographs with a Solida II)     http://www.artemisworks.plus.com

    

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this page last modified 1 Sep 2011   price comparisons updated 4th July 2014