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Braun Imperial

Specification


Braun Imperial
Braun Imperial
Manufacturer: Braun
Produced: 1951
Type:Twin-lens Reflex Style Box
Film Size:120
Image Size:2¼ x 2¼ in
Lens Type:Meniscus
Focus Type:Fixed
Focal Length:75mm
Focus Range: 10ft to inf,
Aperture Type :Fixed
Aperture :f/15
Shutter Type:Rotary
Shutter Speeds:I*(1/50 sec)
Size (w x h x d):80 x 115 x 80 mm
* measured on this camera

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Description

The 1951 Imperial is basically a steel box with a reasonable sized finder. It has a fixed aperture and a simple rotary shutter. Film advance is controlled by winder knob and red window. It has not got a tripod mount and is for snapshots only. It's main feature is the unmistakable black and silver Art Deco pattern on the front panel.

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/15+2 Stops
Overexposed
Acceptable
SunnyDistinctf/15+1 Stop
Overexposed
Acceptable
Slight OvercastSoft around edgesf/15Good
OvercastBarely visiblef/15-1 Stop
Underexposed
Acceptable
Heavy OvercastNonef/15-2 Stops
Underexposed
Not Acceptable
Open Shade
/Sunset
Nonef/15-3 Stops
Underexposed
Not Acceptable