Wednesday, January 2, 2013
Type: 35mm Rangefinder
Shutter: NKS-Mx leaf
Shutter Speeds: 1,1/2,1/5,1/10,1/25,1/50,1/100,1/300
Lens: Lausar 1:2.8 f=4.5 cm made by Tomioka Opt. Co.
Flash: MFX synchronized at all speeds.
The Fodor 35 is a Taron 35 which was re-branded by the Dutch company Fodor. It had some pretty modern features for its time like a single stroke winding lever. I think it is a handsome example of the solidly made all mechanical rangefinders that flourished in the 1950's. I couldn't find much info about this camera, however I was guess it was aimed at the serious amateur probably selling in the $80 to $100 range. My example is in good shape except for the rangefinder spot is very faded. Which obviously is a serious shortcoming. At some point I plan on opening the top and seeing if there is anything I can do to improve things. Otherwise the camera is pleasant to use. I imagine that when it was new the Fodor 35 was a very satisfying camera.
The Lausar lens while not outstanding seems like a competent lens. I don't think that I will be the first to say that Lausar seems like an unfortunate choice of names for a lens.
Mostly my reaction when I was able to get an image in reasonable focus with this camera was "that's okay".