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52 Cameras: Week 9 part 2 – Voigtlander Brillant (Brilliant)

There may be more photos coming. I shot a roll of Lucky Film B&W at Fairview Cemetery but Visions Photo Lab only processes black and white on Wednesdays. Visions is a great independent lab, they still do E-6 too.

My head’s not that round but I still have a goofy shadow in the foreground.

Rosario Cemetery - f16 @ 1/75

Rosario Cemetery – f16 @ 1/75

Usually the problem with this camera is getting enough light since the aperture is so small (f7.7). Using Fuji 400 on a sunny day, I had the opposite problem. The fastest shutter speed is 1/75, minimum aperture is f16, and I didn’t get any filters with the camera.

Rosario Cemetery - f16 @ 1/75

Rosario Cemetery – f16 @ 1/75

The lens’s vignetting really shows up with bright color film. I keep forgetting to use the frame counter instead of the red window. The frame size on this camera is 6cm X 6cm instead of 6X9. If I use the counter I get 12 images. If I use the frame numbers on the backing paper, I only get 8. The shutter was sticking so I only got four so it’s a moot point for this roll.

Rosario Cemetery - f16 @ 1/75

Rosario Cemetery – f16 @ 1/75

The images are really soft but I like this one with a raven.

Rosario Cemetery - f16 @ 1/75

Rosario Cemetery – f16 @ 1/75

This is a strange variant of the Brillant. The only picture I’ve been able to find that has the Voigtar 75cm/f7.7 lens and T/B/75/25 shutter speeds is on an older Bakelite body with a rotating accessory door. Mine is hinged. The older versions also had apertures of f7.7 (f9 widest on some), f11, and f22 which used a rotating punched disk. This camera has f7.7, f11, and f16 but uses a diaphragm. I have no idea who made the shutter. In addition to sticking, the timer isn’t working so I have to dissect it. Maybe there will be a label somewhere inside.

52 Cameras: Week 9 part 1.5 – Voigtlander Brillant (Brilliant)

I finally scanned the negatives from the first test with the Brilliant. That was before it was camera of the week, hence the 1.5.

I bought some cheap film from Four Corner Store. It’s Shanghai GP3 ISO 100 Pan. I don’t develop at home yet so including processing, it ended up being more expensive than grabbing a roll of something that uses a more common developer.

Hydrant with veil - f7.7 @ 1/25

Hydrant with veil – f7.7 @ 1/25

Hydrant with veil, double exposure – f7.7 @ 1/25

Hydrant with veil, double exposure – f7.7 @ 1/25

I ball-parked the time using the ‘B’ (bulb) setting.

Zoe - f7.7 @ ~ 1 sec.

Zoe – f7.7 @ ~ 1 sec.

What looks like grain is mostly the texture of the paper.

Sitting pretty - f7.7 @ ~ 1 sec

Sitting pretty – f7.7 @ ~ 1 sec

I think I have one roll of the Shanghai left and I probably won’t get any more. The numbers from the backing paper show up on longer exposures. If it was light through the film counter window, there would only be one number per frame. The only thing I can think of is that the light through the lens is reflecting off of the paper and coming back through the film, exposing the numbers. The acetate is really thin and the backing is a single layer of cheap black paper with gray numbers. Adding insult to injury, the gray numbers don’t have enough contrast against the black paper to be read through a red window. The Brilliant has a film counter but we wasted a roll trying to use it in my girlfriend’s JEM JR.