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Fototecnica Eaglet


Fototecnica Eaglet
Fototecnica Eaglet
Manufacturer: Fototecnica
Produced: 1950
Classification:Medium Format
Body Type:Box
Film Type:120
Film Width:62mm
ImageSize:3¼ x 2½ in
No. of Images:8
Lens Type:meniscus
Focal Length:90mm
Focus Type:Fixed
Focal Range:10ft - inf.
Aperture Type:Fixed
Shutter Type :Rotary
Shutter Speeds:T, I*(1/100sec)
Size[body] (w x h x d):80 x 96 x 110 mm
* Measured on this camera

Art Deco Credentials

Limited: Minor and insubstantial

I consider this camera to warrant 1 star for the following attributes:


This metal bodied camera opens at the side to load the film.

It has a simple T & I shutter and a single sized aperture. There is an aluminium knob to wind the film and framing control is by the use of the red window. The red window has no cover. It has a swinging waist level viewfinder which fits neatly into a recess for storage. The viewfinder is used in the docked position for portrait images but swings out when landscape view is required. It has no tripod mount. Being made from metal makes this a very sturdy camera. It benefits from a real leather handle.

How to Use

This camera takes 120 film which is easily available from most outlets.

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 table assumes the use of ISO 100 film and that the sun is at least 30 degrees above the horizon - that's 10am - 5pm on a summer's day in the UK. For lower light levels, use ISO 400 film.

This camera has an aperture of f/16 and a measured shutter speed of 1/100s.

As the shutter speed is only 1/100s, it is advisable to try to hold the camera against a wall or other solid object. For quick snapshots, hold it firmly against your body as you look through the viewfinder.

Cover the red window with black tape except when winding on in low light.

Using ISO 100/125 film - shutter speed 1/100s

Weather ConditionsShadow DetailApertureExposure
with sharp edges
f/16+1 Stop
Slight OvercastSoft around edgesf/16-1 Stop
OvercastBarely visiblef/16-2 Stop
Heavy OvercastNonef/16-3 Stop
Open Shade
Nonef/16-4 Stop