|Body Type||:||Folding Bed|
|Bellows Deployment||:||Self Erecting|
|ImageSize||:||2¼ x 3¼ in|
|No. of Images||:||8|
|Lens Type||:||Meyer Görlitz Trioplan Anastigmat|
|Focal Range||:||5ft - inf.|
|Aperture||:||f/4.5 - f/22|
|Shutter Type||:||Vario 2 Leaf|
|Shutter Speeds||:||T,B,1/25,1/50,1/100 sec|
|Size Closed (w x h x d)||:||87 x 160 x 35 mm|
|Size Open (w x h x d)||:||87 x 160 x 135 mm|
Art Deco Credentials
Noteworthy: Worth giving special attention
- Produced during the main Art Deco period.
- Curvilinear body design.
- Leatherette with embossed double lines on all sides.
- Chrome and black enamel brilliant finder.
- Ornate chrome and black struts.
- Chrome table stand.
The Wirgin Supreme is a folding camera made by Wirgin in the 1930s. It takes eight 6 x 9 cm images on 120 roll film. The camera is self-erecting, with a button to release the front next to the frame viewfinder. The lens is a 10.5 cm, f/4.5 Meyer Görlitz Trioplan Anastigmat. Focus is by turning the front lens mount. The focus is adjustable down to 5 feet. It has a Vario shutter with speeds 1/25 - 1/100 second, plus 'B' and 'T'.
It is an export version of the Wirgin Auta for UK.
The main viewfinder is a double frame type. There is also a brilliant finder mounted on the lens standard, which swivels for horizontal and vertical use. There is no cover for the red window. The film compartment opens with a small sliding latch, marked with an arrow, under the carrying strap. The camera has two 1/4 inch tripod mounts.
How to Use
Shutter speeds are 1/25s, 1/50s and 1/100s although the accuracy is not guaranteed. The aperture range is f/4.5 to f/22
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 tables assume 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.
Where there is a choice, a larger f number will give a larger depth of field.
For the slower speeds, you may need a tripod to stop blur through shake.
The results shown in green show perfect exposure. The results shown in amber will give acceptable results. Results in red are unacceptable.
Using ISO 100/125 film
|Weather Conditions||Shadow Detail||Shutter Speed (s)|
with sharp edges
|Slight Overcast||Soft around edges||f/22||f/16||f/11|