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Braun Imperial 6x9 Flash


Braun Imperial 6x9 Flash
Braun Imperial 6x9 with Flash
Manufacturer: Braun
Produced: 1950
Classification:Medium Format
Body Type:Box
Film Type:120
Film Width:62mm
Image Size:2¼ x 3¼ in
No. of Images:8
Lens Type:Braunoptik Meniscus
Focus Type:Fixed
Focal Length:110mm
Focus Range: 10ft to inf,
Aperture Type :Multihole
Aperture :f/16, f/22
Shutter Type:Rotary
Shutter Speeds:I*(1/60 sec)
Size (w x h x d):90 x 110 x 135 mm
* measured on this camera

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The Braun Imperial box cameras were made by Braun in Nuremberg, Germany. The 1950 Imperial 6x9 has a design like other box cameras of this format, with two built-in bright reflecting type finders, one for portrait and the other for landscape. The knob around the lens has two aperture (Blende) positions labelled 'o'(f/22) and 'O'(f/16). The simple rotary shutter has both instant(M) and time(Z) settings. Film advance is controlled by winder knob and red window.

There are some rather large flash connectors on the top of the camera. It has a connection for cable release. There is one tripod mount for portrait orientation. It benefits from a real leather handle.

How to Use

This camera takes 120 film which is easily available from photographic outlets. Basically it is a snapshot camera for a sunny day.

As the shutter speed is only 1/60s, hold the camera firmly against your body to reduce shake. However, holding it against a wall or other solid object would work as well.

If you don't want to bother with an exposure meter, follow the guide shown. It is based on the 'Sunny 16' rule. Film is so forgiving and will produce acceptable results even when overexposed by 2 or 3 stops or underexposed by 1 stop.

The table assumes that the sun is at least 30 degrees above the horizon - that's 10am - 5pm on a summers day in the UK.

Remember that the exposure guide in the manual may not be helpful as it is based on the use of old film with a low ISO value.

Using ISO 100/125 film - shutter speed 1/60s

Weather ConditionsShadow DetailApertureExposure
with sharp edges
+1 Stop
Slight OvercastSoft around edgesf/16
OvercastBarely visiblef/16
-1 Stop
Heavy OvercastNonef/16
-2 Stops
Not Acceptable
Open Shade
-3 Stops
Not Acceptable