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Braun Imperial 6x6


Braun Imperial 6x6
Braun Imperial 6x6
Manufacturer: Braun
Produced: 1951
Classification:Medium Format
Body Type:Pseudo Twin-lens Reflex
Film Type:120
Film Width:62mm
Image Size:2¼ x 2¼ in
No. of Images:12
Lens Type:Meniscus
Focus Type:Fixed
Focal Length:75mm
Focus Range: 10ft to inf,
Aperture Type :Fixed
Aperture :f/15
Shutter Type:Rotary
Shutter Speeds:I*(1/50 sec)
Size (w x h x d):80 x 115 x 80 mm
* measured on this camera

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The 1951 Imperial 6x6 is basically a steel box with a reasonable sized finder. The camera can be described as a pseudo twin lens reflex camera. It isn't a true TLR because the top lens is just part of the viewfinder and does not aid focussing. It has a fixed aperture and a simple rotary shutter. Film advance is controlled by winder knob and red window. It has not got a tripod mount and is for snapshots only. It's main feature is the unmistakable black and silver Art Deco pattern on the front panel.

How to Use

This camera takes 120 film which is easily available from photographic outlets. Basically it is a snapshot camera for a sunny day.

As the shutter speed is only 1/50s, hold the camera firmly against your body to reduce shake. However, holding it against a wall or other solid object would work as well.

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 table 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 1/50s

Weather ConditionsShadow DetailApertureExposure
with sharp edges
f/15+2 Stops
SunnyDistinctf/15+1 Stop
Slight OvercastSoft around edgesf/15Good
OvercastBarely visiblef/15-1 Stop
Heavy OvercastNonef/15-2 Stops
Not Acceptable
Open Shade
Nonef/15-3 Stops
Not Acceptable

Photographs taken with this Camera

Film - Ilford FP4+. Developed in D76(1+1).

Water Tower Coverted into Home,
Cardiff, Wales
Central Workshops, Cardiff, Wales
Grange Gardens, Grangetown, Cardiff, Wales
Grange Farm, Grangetown, Cardiff, Wales