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Soho Model B


Soho Model B
Soho Model B
Manufacturer: Soho Ltd
Produced: 1935
Classification:Medium Format
Body Type:Folding Strut
Construction:Red Bakelite
Film Type:120
Film Width:62mm
Image Size:2¼ x 3¼
No. of Images:8
Lens Type:Meniscus
Focal Length:100mm
Focus Type:Fixed
Focal Range:6ft - inf.
Aperture Type :Fixed
Apertures :f/14
Shutter Type:Rotary
Shutter Speeds:T, I*(1/50s)
Size Open(w x h x d):85 x 180 x 118 mm
Size Closed(w x h x d):85 x 180 x 43 mm
* Measured on this camera

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The Soho Model B is a 120 roll film camera sold by Soho Ltd. in London, c.1935. It was a strut folder with a single-speed (+T) shutter. Construction is of dark red/maroon Bakelite, which if you look closely, has tortoiseshell markings in it. The colour was described in advertisements as rosewood and it is engraved with lines and patterns. It has chromed metal struts and fittings. It takes 8 6×9cm pictures on 120 film.

The Model B has a fixed-focus meniscus lens in an everset shutter with 'I' for Instant and 'T' for timed. In instant mode, the shutter is tripped alternately up/down for each frame. In timed mode the shutter fires with the shutter lever tripped in either direction. It has a brilliant view-finder that swivels for portrait or landscape. Film advance is indicated by red window and is not coupled to shutter. The camera has two table stands painted maroon. The stand used for portrait mode is offset and is pretty useless when worn due to age, and allows the camera to tilt and even fall.

How to Use

This camera takes 120 film which is widely available.

The aperture is set at about f/14. The measured speed on this camera was 1/50s. As the shutter speed is only 1/50s, it is advisable to use a tripod to get clear shake free images. However, holding it against a wall or other solid object would work as well. For quick snapshots, hold it firmly against your body.

The table shows how this camera will perform using ISO 100/125 film. It is based on the 'Sunny 16' rule. Modern 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 1/50s

Weather ConditionsShadow DetailApertureExposure
with sharp edges
f/14+2 Stops
SunnyDistinctf/14+1 Stops
Slight OvercastSoft around edgesf/14Good
OvercastBarely visiblef/14-1 Stop
Heavy OvercastNonef/14-2 Stops
Not Acceptable
Open Shade
Nonef/14-3 Stops
Not Acceptable