Soho 'The Myna'
|Body Type||:||Folding Bed|
|Bellows Deployment||:||Sliding Rail|
|Image Size||:||2¼ x 3¼|
|Focal Range||:||10ft - inf.|
|Shutter Speeds||:||T, I*(1/50s)|
|Size Open (w x h x d)||:||90 x 170 x 122 mm|
|Size Closed (w x h x d)||:||90 x 170 x 32 mm|
|* Measured on this camera|
Art Deco Credentials
Noteworthy: Worth giving special attention
- Produced during the main Art Deco period.
- Geometric markings on faceplate.
- Art Deco lettering on faceplate.
- Chrome used on decorative struts.
- Chrome winder and table stand.
- Chrome film door latch.
The Soho Myna was a 120 film folding camera made in England by Soho Ltd. from around 1929. There are four variations: The Myna with meniscus lens(as shown above); The Myna All Distance with meniscus lens; The Myna All Distance with a duplex lens and the S.K.12. All of them have an all-metal body, painted in crinkle-finish black. The Myna has a simple opening mechanism where, after opening, the lens-plate has to be pulled forward by hand to a focus stop.
How to Use
This camera takes 120 film which is widely available.
The aperture is set at about f/11. The measured speed on this camera was 1/40s. As the shutter speed is only 1/40s, 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 100/125 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.
Using ISO 100/125 film - shutter speed 1/40s
|Weather Conditions||Shadow Detail||Aperture||Exposure|
with sharp edges
|Slight Overcast||Soft around edges||f/11||+1 Stops|
|Heavy Overcast||None||f/11||-1 Stops|