old camera shutter speed

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  1. montresor

    montresor TPF Noob!

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    Recently acquired a Zeiss Ikon Box Tengor 56/2 in perfect condition, but am not entirely certain about the shutter speed. My eye suggests its 1/50, or perhaps 1/25, but I have not been able to find any data about it. Anyone here with experience with this late 1940s/early 1950s high-end box camera?
     
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    Most likely it is 1 /50
    the reason they used that speed it that it was the slowest that one could reasonably hand hold... it therefore gave the most exposure at a given aperture. Yes some IBT lenses had movable apertures.. But shoot some to be sure.
     
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    Unless you can find specific information on the 'net, there's no easy way for you to tell.
     
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    Thanks, guys. Next stop, Ilford Pan-F.
     
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    Your Box Tengor (chrome trim, shutter lever on the right hand, flash contact on left) has a Frontar f/9 lens and as mysteryscribe said, the shutter speed should be at about 1/50th of a sec.

    It was made between 1948-1956. Price wise, a collector would pay up to $60-75 but I've seen them on Ebay for considerably less.
     
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    Pan F, at ASA [Oops! Today we call it ISO!] 50, should very nicely meet the 'Sunny 16' rule. Have fun!
     

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