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Soho Myna All Distance


Soho Myna All Distance
Soho Myna All Distance
Manufacturer: Soho Ltd
Produced: 1932
Classification:Medium Format
Body Type:Folding bed
Bellows Deployment:Sliding Rail
Film Type:120
Film Width:62mm
Image Size:2¼ x 3¼
No. of Images:8
Lens Type:Doublet
Focal Length:90mm
Focus Type:Fixed
Focal Range:4ft - inf.
Aperture Type :Fixed
Apertures :f/11
Shutter Type:Rotary
Shutter Speeds:T, I*(1/40s)
Size Open (w x h x d):90 x 170 x 122 mm
Size Closed (w x h x d):90 x 170 x 32 mm
* Measured on this camera

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The Soho Myna was a 120 film folding camera made in England by Soho Ltd. from around 1929. There are four variations: The Myna; The Myna All Distance with meniscus lens; The Myna All Distance with a duplex lens(as shown above) and the S.K.12. All of them have an all-metal body, painted in crinkle-finish black. The All Distance has a simple opening mechanism where, after opening, the lens-plate has to be pulled forward by hand to one of two focus stops. One focus stop is labelled 'FAR' and the other 'NEAR'.

How to Use

This camera takes 120 film which is widely available.

The aperture is set at about f/11. The measured speed on this camera was 1/40s. As the shutter speed is only 1/40s, 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 1/40s

Weather ConditionsShadow DetailApertureExposure
with sharp edges
f/11+3 Stops
SunnyDistinctf/11+2 Stops
Slight OvercastSoft around edgesf/11+1 Stops
OvercastBarely visiblef/11Good
Heavy OvercastNonef/11-1 Stops
Open Shade
Nonef/11-2 Stops
Not Acceptable