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Created 29 May 2009 ... Updated 29 May 2009

ADOX POLOmatic 3

ADOX POLOmatic 3 Adox has produced a number of similar, simple cameras during the 19650s and 1960s. They all looked very similar, had similar features and, very special, the model name was not placed on the outside but on the inside of the camera. The cameras, although fairly basic, always came with high quality Schneider-Kreuznach lenses. In this case three lenses with (L) Lanthan-Glass.

A nice detail is the exposure control indicator inside the view finder window, above the field of view frame. When this indicator shows red, the exposure won't be correct, usually because of low light levels. When the exposure indicator is green, all is fine and the depth of field would be sufficient to get sharp pictures without the need to focus correctly. When the indicator is yellow, you'd better focus correctly as the light level is sufficient for taking the picture but the aperture is pretty wide open so depth of field is limited. This is a pretty nifty feature not often seen in other cameras.

Manufacturor  :  ADOX
Model  :  POLOmatic 3
Type  :  viewfinder compact camera
Produced  :  1960 - 1964
K.D. Müller Reference  :  K 86290
Film  :  35 mm, type 135
Picture size  :  24 x 36 mm
Made in  :  Wiesbaden, Germany
Quantity Made  : 
Original List Price  :  DM 219 in 1960
Material  :  plastic body, light metal top cover and lens plate.
Lens  :  Schneider Kreuznach Radionar L 1:2,8 / 45
Filter size  :  32mm clip on, no filter thread
Focusing  :  manual with pictograms for portrait, people group and landscape
Meter and Feet scale at the bottom of the focussing ring.
Focus range  :  1 m - infinity
Viewfinder  :  large view finder
Shutter  :  Prontomat S, 1/30 - 1/500
Aperture  :  2.8 - 22
Self timer  :  none
Exposure  :  Automatic with aperture priority (shutter time is set automatically) or fully automatic.
Exposure meter  :  Built in silicon meter
Battery  :  none
Flash  :  Cold shoe on top, pc sync contact below the lens.
Flash Contact  :  Cold shoe on top, pc sync contact below the lens.
Film Advance  :  manual, single stroke lever on top
Other  : 
Dimensions  :  130 x 70 x 85 (l x w x h)
Weight  : 
Body serial number  :  none found
Collection status  :  to be sold
ADOX POLOmatic 3

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