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Standard Kenilworth I


Standard Kenilworth I
Standard Kenilworth I
Manufacturer: Standard
Produced: 1930
Classification:Medium Format
Body Type:Box
Construction:Metal, Cardboard, Plastic
Film Type:120/620
Film Width:62mm
Image Size:2¼ x 2¼
No. of Images:12
Lens Type:Meniscus
Focal Length:75mm
Focus Type:fixed
Focal Range:7ft - Inf.
Aperture Type :Fixed
Apertures :f/16
Shutter Type:Rotary
Shutter Speeds:I*(1/30s)
Size (w x h x d):95 x 120 x 87 mm
* Measured on this camera

Art Deco Credentials

Limited: Minor and insubstantial


The Kenilworth I is a box camera made in the 1930s by Standard Cameras Ltd of Birmingham, England. The camera can use 120 or 620 film.

The body is made from a combination of pressed metal, cardboard and plastic. The card part of the body may be black or gold/brown but the side-panels are always black.

The camera has a single square reflex viewfinder centrally above the lens. There is a red window on the back to view the frame number.

The camera has no exposure adjustments and the shutter has a simple instantaneous mechanism.

The film winding knob is on the left side. There is a catch on the right side panel for loading film. This is a small lever which allows the left side panel to be removed. The film sits on a slightly curved plane.

It does not have a tripod mount. It comes with a leather strap.

How to Use

This camera takes 120 film which is easily available. It an aperture settings of f/16. With a shutter speed of only 1/30 sec, make sure you brace the camera against your body or something solid and press the shutter smoothly to avoid camera shake.

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 over-exposed by 2 or 3 stops or under-exposed by 1 stop.

The table shown assumes the shutter speed is about 1/30s.

The table also assumes 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 1/30s

Weather ConditionsShadow DetailApertureExposure
with sharp edges
f/16+3 Stop
SunnyDistinctf/16+2 Stop
Slight OvercastSoft around edgesf/16+1 Stop
OvercastBarely visiblef/16Good
Heavy OvercastNonef/16-1 Stop
Open Shade
Nonef/16-2 Stops
Not Acceptable