Your EDIXA-STEREO is a precision-engineered camera
which embodies the latest technical advances and
refinements. It is attractively and durably finished and
styled for very rapid and simple operation. Your EDIXA
will render sparkling results in color and
black-and-white and will give you many years of
PLEASE NOTE: EDIXA CAMERAS WILL ONLY OPERATE WITH FILM
PROPERLY LOADED IN CAMERA. DO NOT TRY TO RELEASE SHUTTER
WITHOUT FILM - IT WILL NOT WORK
All functioning parts are designed to work smoothly
and easily after the film is loaded into the camera. Do
not force the mechanism.
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This Instruction Booklet has been prepared to assist
you in operating and caring for your EDIXA-STEREO camera.
We urge you to read these instructions carefully and
familiarize yourself with the parts before you operate
your camera. It is advisable to take one test roll of
film under diversified conditions and keep a record of
each shot (aperture, shutter speed, distance etc.) By
comparing the results with the data, you will be in a
wonderful poisiotn to learn or to rectify possible
mistakes in technique.
Your EDIXA-STEREO is designed to take all standard 35
mm. film, 20 or 36 exposures, (and special Kodak
20-exposure Stereo roll).
Always load your camera in subdues light. Open the
back of the camera by lifting the camera back latch (1).
Pull up the film rewind knob (2).
Place fresh film cartridge into the film cartridge
chamber (3); film tongue or loader should face the
direction of the film take-up spool (7).
Then turn rewind knob (2) in either direction till it
engages the spool and pull down this knob. Turn film
take-up spool (7) with your fingers (without using the
rapid winding lever) until two slots in the spool are
visible. Make sure the rewind release button (4) is in
the rewind position (to the left).
Draw about 5 inches of film ut of the film cartridge.
Slide the end of the film (tongue of film) UNDER the
METAL FILM GUIDE (5) which is located dirctly below the
film sprocket wheel (6). While sliding the film
under this metal film guide (5), the perforations
on one side of the film will engage the film sprcket
wheel (6). Now, bend the end of the film tongue (about
half an inch from the end) and insert this bent ortion of
film into the slot of the film take-up spool (7). It is
immaterial whether the film tongues are inserted in the
upper or lower slot of the film take-up spool (7); this
depends upon the particular make of the film and the
position of the film tongue.
Before you close the camera back, turn the film
take-up spool (7) by hand (in the direction AWAY FROM the
fresh film cartridge) until the perforations of the film
engage the film sprockets (6).
Be sure the film was placed UNDER the metal film guide
(5). If there is no film tongue (when using bulk film)
fold the entire width of film about half an inch from the
end and insert the bent portion of film in both slots of
the film take-up spool (7).
Close camera back and press camera back latch (1) to
the closed position. To clear that portion of the film
exposed to light during the loading process and to bring
fresh film into taking position, turn the rapid winding
lever (8) as many times as it will go and then depress
the body shutter release (9). Again, turn rapid winding
lever (8) as many times as it will go and depress the
body shutter release (9). Now for the third time turn the
rapid winding lever (8) once more, again as many times as
it will go.
(The first two 'blank' exposures cleared that portion
of the film exposed to light during the loading process.
The third winding brought unexposed film, for your first
picture, into taking position)
The film counter mechanism (10) is designed to
indicate the number of pictures taken. Therefore turn the
film counter screw (11) (use your finger nail or coin)
until No. 1 appears in the film counter window (10).
The body shutter release (9), conveniently located on
the body of the camera near the rapid winding lever (8),
smoothly releases the shutter at the moment desired.
Measure or estimate the distance from the camera to
the object and set the corresponding number in the little
window (20) between the lenses by moving the distance
focussing knob (12). If there should be no corresponding
figure in the window to the measured distance, you have
to move closer or back away from the object, or, if that
is not possible, select a setting between the two closest
The shutter controls the duration of the exposure (the
length of time light is permitted to fall on the film).
To set shutter for the desired speed, turn the shutter
speed setting ring (14) in either direction. The shutter
speeds for which the shutter may be set are: B (bulb),
25, 50, 100 and 200 (the latter four are fractions of a
second). When the shutter is set at B (bulb) the shutter
remains open as long as the body shutter release (9) is
depressed. The shutter speeds are engraved on the shutter
speed setting ring (14). (Shutter speeds vary on EDIXA
For time exposures (extended exosures of a second or
longer) set shutter at 'B' setting and keep body release
depressed for time desired. This is facilitated by means
of a 'locking cable release'. Locking cable releases of
varying length are available at your photographic dealer.
Use a tripod or other camera support for time exposures.
Camera must be held absolutely still and subject must
remain motionless when taking time exposures.
Some EDIXA Models have shutters with a built-in
delayed action mechanism (selftimer - 18) to release the
shutter automatically. This delay allows the photographer
time (about ten seconds) to get into the picture. The
mechanism is set by pressing the selftimer (18)
clockwise as far as it will go. The selftimer will
operate at all shutter speeds except 'B' and can be set
before or after the shutter is cocked. After the
selftimer is set and the rapid winding lever (8) has been
wound (and, camera is on tripod or other camera support)
press body shutter release (9) and step into the picture.
The selftimer mechanism will start and after a delay of
about ten seconds, it will automatically release the
The diaphragm or aperture (f/-stop) is an adjustable
opening between the elements of the lens and determines
the amount of light allowed to enter and register on the
film. To regulate the opening (f/-stop) move the
diaphragm setting ring (21) in either direction. Set
pointer on the line of the desired f-stop. It is
important to note that the aperture numbers and the
reverse of the actual size of the opeing; the smaller the
number the large the opening. The size of the opening is
one of the factors that determine the depth-of-field -
the smaller the number the greater the
Lever (Transporting the Film)
ALL EDIXA-STEREO cameras have a rapid winding lever
(8) which simultaneously transports the film, cocks the
shutter, moves the exposure counter and prevents double
exposures. When the rapid winding lever stops turning,
you are ready to snap the picture. The rapid winding
lever requires 3 turns of the lever (8). The first wind
must be a complete full turn - as this first wind
cocks the shutter. (Don't stop part of the way. Hold the
lever and turn it all the way.) The additional windings
of the lever control the spacing of the images on the
film. The third winding will get shorter after each
picture is taken.
PLEASE NOTE: if you do not wind the lever FULLY, as
far as it will go, the spacing of the images on the film
will not be correct, consequently film manufacturers can
not mount the film in their Stereo Mounts.
Camera (Rewind Film)
Do not open the camera back until all of the film
has been rewound into the film cartridge!
After you have exposed all of the film, the film must
be rewound into the film cartridge (3). To do this, move
the rewind release button (4) to the rewind position (to
the left). Then, rewind the film by turning the film
rewind knob (2) clockwise. You can feel the difference in
the tension of the film rewind knob while rewinding the
film and after the film has been rewound. You can further
ascertain when the rewinding operation is complete by
observing the frame counter window (10); the numbers in
the frame counter window (10) will stop moving.
To remove the film cartridge from the camera, simply
open the back. Lift the film rewind knob (2) and remove
the exposed film cartridge. Unload camera in subdued
On the shutter there is a flash synchro nipple into
which the plug of the flash cable is inserted. All of the
shutters are synchronized for the speeds of one fiftieth
of a second and slower for flash bulbs and at all speeds
for electronic flashguns.
It is suggested that you keep your EDIXA in the
Everready Case at all times. The case is so designed that
it is not necessary to remove camera for picture-taking
and it will protect the camera from dust and dirt.
Treat your EDIXA-STEREO camera carefully, as you would
any precision constructed instrument. It is advisable,
from time to time, to clean the interior of the camera
with a fine camel hair brush. It is particularly
important that you do this after you have taken the
camera to the beach or other sandy field. Fine particles
of sand (which are hard to detect) may enter the camera
and scratch the lens and film.
To clean the lens, loosen the dust with a soft camel
hair brush; blow off loosened dust particles with a
blower brush or syringe, if available; then, clean with a
soft lens tissue.
The depth of field table has been scanned as an image
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