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Braun Imperial 6x9

Specification


Braun Imperial 6x9
Braun Imperial 6x9
Manufacturer: Braun
Produced: 1950
Classification:Medium Format
Body Type:Box
Construction:Metal
Film Type:120
Film Width:62mm
Image Size:2¼ x 3¼ in
Lens Type: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*(1/50 sec)
Size (w x h x d):90 x 110 x 135 mm
Weight:484g
* measured on this camera

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Description

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 reflecting type finders, one for portrait and the other for landscape. It has a two position aperture labelled 'bright'(f/22) and 'dull'(f/16). The simple rotary shutter has both instant and time settings. Film advance is controlled by winder knob and red window. It has got two tripod mounts, one for portrait and the other for landscape. There is a connection for cable release.

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 1/50s, 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 1/50s

Weather ConditionsShadow DetailApertureExposure
Sunny
Snow/Sand
Dark
with sharp edges
f/22
'Bright'
+1 Stop
Overexposed
Acceptable
SunnyDistinctf/22
'Bright'
Good
Slight OvercastSoft around edgesf/16
'Dull'
Good
OvercastBarely visiblef/16
'Dull'
-1 Stop
Underexposed
Acceptable
Heavy OvercastNonef/16
'Dull'
-2 Stops
Underexposed
Not Acceptable
Open Shade
/Sunset
Nonef/16
'Dull'
-3 Stops
Underexposed
Not Acceptable