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Lumière Scoutbox


Lumière Scoutbox
Lumière Scoutbox
Manufacturer: Lumière
Produced: 1934
Classification:Medium Format
Body Type:Box
Film Type:120
Film Width:62mm
Image Size:2¼ x 3¼ in
No. of Images:8
Lens Type:Double Meniscus
Focus Type:Fixed
Focal Length:90mm
Focus Range:10ft to inf
Aperture Type :Variable
Aperture :f/10, f/13, f/16
Shutter Type:Rotary
Shutter Speeds:B,I*(1/40 sec)
Size (w x h x d):80 x 110 x 113 mm
* Measured on this camera

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The Lumière Scoutbox is a metal bodied box-type camera manufactured from 1934. The facade has a symmetrical geometric pattern in black enamelled metal. The metal body is covered in black leatherette having an embossed diamond pattern. It features a real leather handle. It has two reflecting brilliant finders.

The film is advanced by a chrome winder and uses a red window for the frame count. It is fixed focus with a B/I shutter and a connection for a remote cable release. The aperture can have one of three values with 1,2 or 3 marked next to the lever. These positions equate to an aperture of f/10(1), f/12(2) and f/14(3). It has a tripod mount.

How to Use

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

As the shutter speed is only 1/40s, it is advisable to hold it against a wall or other solid object to get shake free shots. There are no tripod sockets. For quick snapshots, hold it firmly against your body.

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 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/16(3)+2 Stops
SunnyDistinctf/16(3)+1 Stop
Slight OvercastSoft around edgesf/16(3)Good
OvercastBarely visiblef/13(2)Good
Heavy OvercastNonef/10(1)Good
Open Shade
Nonef/10(1)-1 Stops

Photographs taken with this Camera

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

Stables to Cardiff Castle, Wales
Stables to Cardiff Castle, Wales
Castell Coch, Tongwynlais, Wales
Castell Coch, Tongwynlais, Cardiff, Wales
Welsh College of Music & Drama
Welsh College of Music & Drama, Cardiff