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Fex/Indo SuperFex

Specification

Fex SuperFex
Fex/Indo SuperFex
Manufacturer: Fex/Indo
Produced: 1945
Classification:Medium Format
Body Type:Solid Body
Construction:Bakelite
Film Type:127
Film Width:46mm
ImageSize:1⅝ x 2½ in
Lens Type:Meniscus
Focus Type:Fixed
Focal Length:60mm
Focal Range:3m - inf.
Aperture Type:Fixed
Aperture:f/16
Shutter Type :leaf
Shutter Speeds:B, I*(1/100s)
Size (w x h x d):123 x 68 x 67 mm
Weight:160g
* Measured on this camera

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Description

The camera is part of a range of cameras having similar design with regard to the bakelite body. The heavily ribbed nature was first seen in the Fex/Indo Superior camera which came out in 1940. The ribbed design continued until 1957.

This is a 4x6.5 cm format camera, 8 images per film, using 127 film. The advance knob of the film is aluminum. The objective lens is labelled 'FEXAR - OPTIC - SPEC' and is a meniscus lens. The aperture was measured and calculated as f/16. The shutter has 2 positions: I and P (P = pose, corresponding to Bulb). The shutter release with a metal head is located on the lens plate. The shutter speed was measured at 1/100 sec although I have seen it quoted elswhere as 1/30s. Just shows the importance of measuring the speed of these old shutters if you want to use the camera.

There is no adjustment of the focus with the objective lens set on the hyperfocal distance to give a clear image between 2 or 3 meters and infinity. There is no tripod mount.

How to Use

This camera takes 127 film which is still available from select outlets - search for 'Rera Pan 100-127' which is a black & white film. For those photographers in the UK, try Nick & Trick photographic services. If you want to use a particular type of film which is not available commercially, then you can cut your own 127 film from any 120 film. See my page on 'How to cut 127 film from 120 film'.

The aperture is f/16. The measured speed on this camera was 1/100s.

The table shows how this camera will perform using ISO 100 film. It is based on the 'Sunny 16' rule. Modern film is so forgiving and will produce acceptable results even when overexposed by 2 or 3 stops or underexposed by 1 stop.

The tables assume 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.

So, on a nice sunny day, it's simplicity itself. Just load film and snap away.

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

Weather ConditionsShadow DetailApertureExposure
Sunny
Snow/Sand
Dark
with sharp edges
f/16+1 Stop
Overexposed
Acceptable
SunnyDistinctf/16Good
Slight OvercastSoft around edgesf/16-1 Stop
Underexposed
Acceptable
OvercastBarely visiblef/16-2 Stops
Underexposed
Not Acceptable
Heavy OvercastNonef/16-3 Stops
Underexposed
Not Acceptable
Open Shade
/Sunset
Nonef/16-4 Stops
Underexposed
Not Acceptable