The Goldeck 16 was made by Gerhard Goldammer of Frankfurt in the early 1960s. Two models were made. The first (serial numbers starting 81) came with a fixed focus Color-Ennit 20mm lens made by Enna in Munich. The later model (serial numbers starting 82) had a focusing lens. These same lens were later used by F. Brinkert in making his Brinkert disc film cameras.
There was also a version fitted with a Koeschlein Kreuznach Supron 20mm lens,
It has interchangeable lens, rapid film advance, film stabilizing pressure plate, attached accessory shoe resembling a conventional 35mm camera but at the fraction of the depth. The leaf shutters where mounted entirely within the camera body giving the camera it's slim appearance. Aperture adjustment from f2.8 to f16.
At 112x82x35mm (including lugs on the side of the camera for a chain) and weighing 354g it is large for a subminiature put still very pocketable in it's zip up case.
The eye level optical viewfinder has parallax corrections marks for 20cm standard lens and frame lines for the 50mm f2.8 telephoto lens (equivalent to about 135mm lens on a standard 35mm camera). A 75mm f3.8 lens was advertised, but may not have been marketed. A second set of screw 25mm threads behind the Goldeck mount allowed the use of standard screw "C" mount 16mm movie camera lens.
The first model has a Vario behind the lens shutter with speeds of B, 1/25, 1/50 and 1/200s. The later model has a Prontor shutter with more speeds from 1 to 1/300th second.
The film was pulled though and so did not require the sprockets of the 16mm film. It uses Rada cassettes, like the Rollei and Wirgin Edixa cameras. At the end of the film it has has to be rewound into the film cassette. Unfortunately it restricted the image to 10x14mm. The later model is called in some publication the 16 Super and this also failed to taken full advantage of the Rada DIN standard allowing 12x17mm negative size.
The rapid film advance is operated by a single button that many mistake for the shutter release. This allows the 24 exposures to be run off at over 2 frames per second. There is a lock with a green or red spot indicator on the top plate
The film pressure plate is also unusual in being 45mm long and fitting into the track that the film passes through.
An ever ready case was also offered as well as a zip up case with wrist strap.
Last updated 9th January 2005