Exposure with Oldies

Discussion in 'Black and White' started by wes_sechler|1, Dec 23, 1997.

  1. I recently purchased an old, but useable, Zeiss Ikon Nettar so that I might dabble in the medium format. I'm about half way though the first roll of T-MAX 100 on the camera when the following came to mind:


    When using my Canon and the "Sunny 16" rule, a shutter speed of 1/125 would be the order; but with the Nettar the max shutter speed is 1/100. So I guess the heart of the question is "Is ISO 100 film actually made with the 1/125 shutter in mind?" Thus, should I open up half a stop or so on the Nettar for best results?


    Many thanks in advance.
  2. I would think that the difference between 100 and 125 asa is going to be negligable, in fact I am sure of it. Your best bet is to keep records of your exposures so that when you process the film and make a contact sheet you will know what exposures were the most accurate. I am quite certain that the shutter is not going to be very accurate as far as actual speeds are concerned, but if it "sounds" the same at a given speed each time that it is released, then it will be consistent. After a while you begin to recognize the sound that shutter speeds make, especially at 1/30 and below. You might even compare it to a camera you are used to and see if the sound of the shutters at relative speed ie 1/10 to 1/15 are comparable. Keeping records and comparing them to your end proof will tell you a great deal.
  3. Let me make another suggestin. !00 to 125 iso is a cifference of 1/4 stop. Does not sound like much, but its a full quarter of a stop and depending upon what type of image you are making ,it could be a great deal. I would suggest that you do open up that 1/4 top . But first ,as suggested , have the shutter speed checked at a repair shop.
  4. The difference between ISO 100 and 125 (1/3 stop) on black and white
    film would only be noticible for deep shadow details if you were
    underexposing (and using a spot meter, had done all of the zone-
    system testing, and were holding your development to +/- 1 degree,
    ....). Since you are over-exposing (and from the sounds of it,
    guesstimating exposure), it will disappear into the noise.


    From experience with several old Zeiss folders, your shutter speed
    is likely to be a bit slow (altho I bought a beater 1934 Super Ikonta C
    which was within 1/3 stop at all speeds).

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