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Vredeborch Adina


Vredeborch Adina
Vredeborch Adina
Manufacturer: Vredeborch
Produced: 1953
Classification:Medium Format
Body Type:Box
Film Type:120
Film width:62mm
Image Size:2¼ x 3¼ in
No. of Images:8
Lens Type:Meniscus
Focus Type:Fixed
Focal Length:90mm
Focus Range:3m to inf.
Aperture Type :Fixed
Aperture :f/16
Shutter Type:Rotary
Shutter Speeds:I*(1/60 sec)
Size (w x h x d):85 x 102 x 125 mm
* Measured on this camera

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The Adina was manufactured by Vredeborch GmbH, Nordenham, Germany. It is part of a series of medium format film box cameras made by this company.

This 6x9 metal box is covered with a very thin and medium quality coating. It has a short rubber handle. This device is a simplified version of the Vrede Box. There is also a version of this ADINA with additional functions, and accessory shoe.

The Adina has simple controls. The shutter can be operated in Instant(I) mode only. The aperture is set at f/16.

Film is advanced using a knob and the frame number is viewed through a red window on the back. The red window does not have a cover. It has two brilliant viewfinders for both landscape and portrait mode. There are no tripod mounts.

How to Use

This camera takes 120 film which is easily available.

As the shutter speed is only 1/60s, it is advisable to use a tripod stand 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. With modern film, it is advisable to cover the red window with black tape. Uncover the window to wind on, but only in low light conditions.

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 (May - August) 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 1/60s

Weather ConditionsShadow DetailApertureExposure
with sharp edges
f/16+2 Stops
SunnyDistinctf/16+1 Stop
Slight OvercastSoft around edgesf/16Good
OvercastBarely visiblef/16-1 Stop
Heavy OvercastNonef/16-2 Stops
Not Acceptable
Open Shade
Nonef/16-3 Stops
Not Acceptable