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Bilora Boy Luxus


Bilora Boy Luxusr
Bilora Boy Luxus
Manufacturer: Bilora
Produced: 1950
Classification:Medium Format
Body Type:Solid Body
Construction:Dark Maroon Bakelite
Film Type:120
Film Width:62mm
ImageSize:2¼ x 2¼
No. of Images:8
Lens Type:meniscus
Focus Type:Fixed
Focal Length:75mm
Focal Range:10ft - inf.
Aperture Type:Fixed
Shutter Type : Rotary
Shutter Speeds:I*1/40s
Size (w x h x d):85 x 120 x 90 mm
Weight (with strap):359g
* Measured on this camera

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This is a simple dark maroon Bakelite camera manufactured in the early 1950s by the Kurbi & Niggeloh Company of Radevormwald/RHLD, Germany. It can be compared to the Elliott Vista Colour and Elliott Vista 12 which are almost identical in shape but the Bilora Boy Luxus is smaller and ergonomically superior. It has gold highlights which make it rather attractive. The two halves of the camera clip together. It has a lever on the bottom for opening the camera. When the lever is pulled it forces the two parts of the camera apart. The downside to this camera is the long, poor quality, off white plastic strap which is permanently fitted to the camera and is forever getting in the way.

The shutter release is on the top of the camera which only works in instantaneous mode. Film advance is by a knob and there is a red window on the back to view the frame numbers. The viewfinder is quite large compared with its contemporaries and is of reverse Galileo type. It has a 'hot shoe' flash contact on the top.

How to Use

This camera takes 120 film which is easily available. Don't forget to cover the red window except when advancing the film. This should be done in low light. Modern film is sensitive to red light.

The measured shutter speed on this particular camera was 1/40s and the aperture is f/12

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 (May - August) 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
with sharp edges
f/12+3 Stops
SunnyDistinctf/12+2 Stops
Slight OvercastSoft around edgesf/12+1 Stop
OvercastBarely visiblef/12Good
Heavy OvercastNonef/12-1 Stop
Open Shade
Nonef/12-2 Stops
Not Acceptable

Photographs taken with this Camera

Ilford FP4+ film,. Developed in D76(1+1)

The Priory at Caerleon, Wales
Lych Gate of St Cadoc, Caerleon, Wales
Post Box, Caerleon, Wales
Doorway in Caerleon, Wales