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Type  35 mm SLR
ASA/ISO range  ASA 8 to 800 [manual]
Exposure  Manual
Lens  Adoxar 45mm f/3,5
Focus  Manual
Maker  Fotowerke Dr. C. Schleussner GmbH

The ADOX Polo was a consumer-class, viewfinder camera with a completely manual operating system. It was manufactured between 1960 and 1963 by Dr C. Schleussner Fotowerke GmbH following the company's takeover of the Wirgin camera factory of Wiesbaden, Germany. The brothers who were the founders and original owners of the Wirgin company, fled Germany to avoid persecution from the government of the time.


ADOX produced high-resolution fine-grained film material. The camera featured an Adoxar 45mm f/3,5 lens that would have been respectable on cameras in a much higher price range.

The top, bottom and the lens base cover were made from pressed steel of about ½mm thickness. The rest of the chassis and most of the internal parts were made from mould-injected plastic. Metal was only used for parts where wear and tear make it unavoidable, such as the film pressure plate and the film transport cogwheels.

The viewfinder had neither lines for parallax compensation, nor for outlining the edge of the negative. With the camera held to take a picture in landscape format, the center mounting and poor enlargement of the viewfinder required the user to press the nose rather hard against the camera back. There was no rangefinder.

The camera had no light meter. It offered three shutter speeds and aperture values had to be set by a separate light meter, by guesswork or by following the coarse exposure guide on the film package.

An accessory shoe was on the top of the housing, but without a 'hot-shoe' contact. The rewind knob held a film speed reminder, covering ASA 8-800/DIN 10-30, but no folding rewind handle. The frame counter needed to be reset manually. It counted down from the number of exposures in the roll to zero.


ADOX Polo Wikipedia