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Gevaert Gevabox 6x9

Specification

Gevaert Gevabox 6x9
Gevaert Gevabox 6x9
Manufacturer: Gevaert
Produced: 1951
Type:Box
Film Size:120
Image Size:6 x 9 cm
Lens Type:meniscus
Focal Length:110mm
Focus Type:Variable
Focal Range:1.5m - inf.
Aperture Type :Multihole
Apertures :f/8, f/11, f/16
Shutter Type:Rotary
Shutter Speeds:T, I*(1/100s)
Size (w x h x d):90 x 110 x 126 mm
* Measured on this camera

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Description

A rectangular metal box-camera with curved chrome edges. Capable of taking 6x9 images on 120 film. The camera was made from for Gevaert by Hermann Wolf GmbH, Wuppertal, Germany from around 1951.

Single-speed + B shutter actuated by a push button on the side. Film advance is not linked to the shutter so double exposure is possible. The shutter release button is threaded to allow for the use of a cable release. The nominal shutter speed is 1/50s but on this camera it measured 1/100s. The lens has an f8 aperture but can be stopped down to f/11 & f/16, The front focussing gives a range from 5ft to infinity.

The two waist-level brilliant viewfinders allow for landscape and portrait formats. Film advance control is via red window. A sliding knob on the side gives access to the film transport system. The side of the camera is removed to load the film. It has two tripod mounts for landscape and portrait. There are two synchronised flash connection points on the base of the camera. There is another version with flash contacts on the top.

How to Use

The User Manual for this camera is found here:- http://www.cameramanuals.org/pdf_files/gevaert_gevabox.pdf

This camera takes 120 film which is widely available. It is advisable to cover the red window except when winding film in low light.

The aperture choice is f/8, f/11 or f/16. The measured speed on this camera was 1/100s. As the shutter speed is only 1/100s, it is advisable to use a tripod to get clear shake free images. However, holding it against a wall or other solid object would work as well. For quick snapshots, hold it firmly against your body.

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 (May-August) 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 1/100s

Weather ConditionsShadow DetailApertureExposure
Sunny
Snow/Sand
Dark
with sharp edges
f/16+1 Stops
Overexposed
Acceptable
SunnyDistinctf/16Good
Slight OvercastSoft around edgesf/11Good
OvercastBarely visiblef/8Good
Heavy OvercastNonef/8-1 Stop
Underexposed
Acceptable
Open Shade
/Sunset
Nonef/8-2 Stops
Underexposed
Not Acceptable