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Ebner 6x9

Specification

Ebner 6x9
Ebner 6x9
Manufacturer: Ebner GmbH
Produced: 1934
Classification:Medium Format
Body Type:Folding Bed
Bellows Deployment:Self Erecting
Construction:Brown Marbled Bakelite
Film Type:120
Film Width:62mm
ImageSize:2¼ x 3¼ in
Lens Type:Cooke Triplet Anastigmat
Focal Length:105mm
Focus Type:Variable
Focal Range:1.5m - inf.
Aperture Type:Variable Iris
Aperture:f6.3 - f/36
Shutter Type :Vario
Shutter Speeds:T,B, I(1/25, 1/50, 1/100 s)
Size Open (w x h x d):105 x 180 x 140 mm
Size Closed (w x h x d):105 x 180 x 37 mm
Weight:582g

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Description

Ebner 6x9  - Streamline Moderne
Ebner 6x9 - Streamline Moderne

This Ebner has a beautifully shaped 'streamline moderne' body. The soft curves make it very portable. It produces 8 images of size of 2¼ x 3¼ in (6x9cm) using Kodak's 120 format roll film. The camera varies in complexity, some with simple three-speed Pronto shutters, and others with multi-speed Compur or Vario shutters. Lens and shutter combinations included: Cooke Triplet f 6.3/Vario, f4.5 Troplan/Pronto, f3.5 Primotar/Compur and f3.8 Tessar/Compur.

The Cooke Triplet lens has non standard aperture markings of f/6.3, f/9, f/12.5, f/18, f/25 and f/36.

It had no name other than the size of the image it took. It has an interesting but useless folding sports viewfinder which is frustrating to use. However, it does have a waist level viewfinder that swivels so it can be used in portrait or landscape mode. It has a single tripod mount and a table stand, both for use in portrait mode.

How to Use

This camera takes 120 film which is easily available. It supports Timed mode and Instant with a speeds from 1/25 to 1/100 sec. It has a aperture settings from f/6.3 to f/36. With slow shutter speeds of only 1/25 or 1/50 sec, make sure you brace the camera against your body or use a tripod and press the shutter smoothly to avoid camera shake.

If you don't want to bother with an exposure meter, follow the guide shown. The shutter speeds are 1/25s, 1/50s and 1/100s. 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 (May-August) 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.

Using ISO 100/125 film

Weather ConditionsShadow DetailShutter Speed (s)
1/251/501/100
Sunny
Snow/Sand
Dark
with sharp edges
-f/36f/25
SunnyDistinctf/36f/25f/18
Slight OvercastSoft around edgesf/25f/18f/12.5
OvercastBarely visiblef/18f/12.5f/9
Heavy OvercastNonef/12.5f/9f/6.3
Open Shade
/Sunset
Nonef/9f/6.3-