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Lumière Scoutbox

Specification


Lumière Scoutbox
Lumière Scoutbox
Manufacturer: Lumière
Produced: 1934
Type:Box
Film Size:120
Image Size:2¼ x 3¼ in
Lens Type:Double Meniscus
Focus Type:Fixed
Focal Length:85mm
Focus Range:10ft to inf
Aperture Type :Variable
Aperture :f/10, f/12, f/14
Shutter Type:Rotary
Shutter Speeds:B,I*(1/40 sec)
Size (w x h x d):80 x 110 x 113 mm
* Measured on this camera

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Description

The Lumière Scoutbox is a metal bodied box-type camera manufactured from 1934. The facade has a symmetrical geometric pattern in black enamelled metal. The metal body is covered in black leatherette having an embossed diamond pattern. It features a real leather handle. It has two reflecting brilliant finders.

The film is advanced by a chrome winder and uses a red window for the frame count. It is fixed focus with a B/I shutter and a connection for a remote cable release. The aperture can have one of three values with 1,2 or 3 marked next to the lever. These positions equate to an aperture of f/10(1), f/12(2) and f/14(3). It has a tripod mount.

How to Use

This camera takes 120 film which is easily available from photographic outlets.

As the shutter speed is only 1/40s, it is advisable to hold it against a wall or other solid object to get shake free shots. There are no tripod sockets. For quick snapshots, hold it firmly against your body.

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 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.

Using ISO 100/125 film - shutter speed 1/40s

Weather ConditionsShadow DetailApertureExposure
Sunny
Snow/Sand
Dark
with sharp edges
f/14(3)+2 Stop
Overexposed
Acceptable
SunnyDistinctf/14(3)+1 Stop
Overexposed
Acceptable
Slight OvercastSoft around edgesf/14(3)Good
OvercastBarely visiblef/10(1)Good
Heavy OvercastNonef/10(1)-1 Stop
Underexposed
Acceptable
Open Shade
/Sunset
Nonef/10(1)-2 Stops
Underexposed
Not Acceptable