|Body Type||:||Folding Strut|
|ImageSize||:||1⅝ x 2½ in|
|Focal Range||:||6ft - inf.|
|Aperture||:||f/16 and f/22|
|Shutter Speeds||:||T, I*(1/30) sec|
|Size Closed (w x h x d)||:||63 x 140 x 32 mm|
|Size Open (w x h x d)||:||92 x 140 x 83 mm|
|* Measured on this camera|
Art Deco Credentials
Significant: Pronounced and self evident
I consider this camera to warrant 4 stars for the following attributes:
- produced during the main Art Deco period
- Art Deco Streamline Moderne design
- Bakelite body
- linear raised striped pattern on Bakelite front
- linear raised striped and circular pattern on Bakelite rear
- chrome struts, table stand and latches for the back
- aluminium winder
- linear striped pattern on metal faceplate
- curved body enhancing the streamline effect
- camera name has Art Deco lettering.
The Spartus Folding Camera was manufactured by the Spartus Camera Corp. of Chicago from 1940. It was designed to be an inexpensive and simple to operate camera. It is capable of capturing eight 1 5/8 x 2 1/2 inch (4.5 x 6cm) exposures on standard No. 127 roll film in colour or black-and-white. It is constructed of Bakelite with a metal folding view finder. The metal lens plate folds out on struts when the release button is pressed.
It has a simple T/I shutter for both snapshots and time exposure. It has a fold out table stand for time exposures. The f/16 doublet lens can be stopped down to f/22 by shifting a lever behind the faceplate.
How to Use
Find the User Manual for the Spartus Folding Camera here.
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'.
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.
Remember that the exposure guide in the camera user manual may not be helpful as it is based on the use of old film with a low ISO value.
The table assumes that the sun is at least 30 degrees above the horizon - that's 10am - 5pm on a summer's day in the UK.
If you are not sure about the light level, err on the side of overexposure - i.e. assume the smaller f number.
This camera has a choice of two aperture values - f/11 and f/16. The shutter speed is 1/30s
You may want to use a tripod to stop blur through shake.
Using ISO 100/125 film - shutter speed 1/30s
|Weather Conditions||Shadow Detail||Aperture||Exposure|
with sharp edges
|Slight Overcast||Soft around edges||f/22||Good|
|Heavy Overcast||None||f/16||-1 Stop|