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Warwick No.2


Warwick No.2
Warwick No.2
Manufacturer: Warwick
Produced: 1935
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:95mm
Focus Range:10ft to inf
Aperture Type :Fixed
Aperture :f/11
Shutter Type:Rotary
Shutter Speeds:T, I*(1/40 sec)
Size (w x h x d):85 x 110 x 110 mm
* measured on this camera

Art Deco Credentials

Limited: Minor and insubstantial


The Warwick No.2 Camera was made in Birmingham, England circa 1930. The Warwick No.2 is a box-type camera with a cardboard body covered in leatherette. The shutter is mounted on a wooden block. The film transport system is made from metal. The facade has a circular faceplate with its name printed on it. It has two reflecting translucent finders. It features a leather strap. It has a single red window on the rear. There are no tripod mounts.

It has a simple T & I shutter. The shutter is of the flip-flop type. Move one way to take a picture and then back again to take the next one. A tab on the top can be used to select 'bulb' mode. The aperture is fixed at f/11.

How to Use

The manual for this camera can be found at cameramanuals.org here - Manual for Warwick No.2

This camera takes 120 film which is still available from selected photographic outlets. Make sure you cover the red window with black tape when not winding the film on - modern film is sensitive to red light.

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 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 Stop
OvercastBarely visiblef/11Good
Heavy OvercastNonef/11-1 Stop
Open Shade
Nonef/11-2 Stops
Not Acceptable