20 Apr '17, 12pm

The Jaeger-LeCoultre Compass Camera, An Ultra-Compact 35mm Camera From The 1930s

The Jaeger-LeCoultre Compass Camera, An Ultra-Compact 35mm Camera From The 1930s

For aperture, you had several options – the lens is f/3.5 with a 35mm focal length and there were suggested apertures, based on available light, which you could set via a dial on one side of the lens. Filters could be selected depending on whether you happened to be using orthochromatic or panchromatic film. (Orthochromatic film uses unmodified silver halide emulsion, which is much more sensitive to blue light than to green or red and which could produce very distorted contrast. This can be corrected, to some extent, with filters. Panchromatic film could compensate to some extent but still required correcting filters, and was much more expensive and in the 1930s both film types were widely used.) If you wanted to, you could also use an "extinction" type meter. This was built into a finder on the lower right hand side of the camera; it was basically a strip of transparent m...

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