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09-26-2012, 12:57 PM   #1
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Braun Paxette Electromatic (Wittnaeur Automaton) with Velvia 50/100

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Got one of these gems recently and ASA only allows for 10,32 or 64. Can anyone help me with deciding which of my velvias to use with it? 50 or 100? thx

09-26-2012, 12:57 PM   #2
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also any advice or recommendations would help.
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To echo OP - I have the same question (not the same camera though) regarding ISO/ASA 32, 64 with Velvia 50.
09-26-2012, 10:34 PM   #4
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also since it's fixed at 5.6 aperture, what should i take into consideration when shooting? how would the sunny 16 rule affect me?

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If the camera you are talking about is one of these: Paxette electromatic - Camerapedia it has a fixed 1/40th second shutter speed but a variable aperture with f/5.6 as the widest opening. It appears that you have no manual control over the exposure beyond fiddling with the ISO setting. I'm only going from what I can find on the web so may be wrong here. Various things occur to me.

1. The 50 year old selenium meter may no longer be accurate.
2. Slide film generally, and Velvia especially, is very fussy about getting the exposure correct. Even the 1/3rd difference between ISO50 and ISO64 would be noticeable on the slides.
3. As you have no manual control (as far as I can tell from the web), using the sunny 16 rule is not really an option.

Personally, I love shooting old cameras like these but I would use a film with a wide exposure latitude, and probably not one which is known for great colour saturation using a fifty year old lens. Given how expensive slide film like Velvia 50 is, I'd keep that back for a camera with a reliable shutter and manual exposure control. In something like this I'd be tempted to a BW film like Kodak BW400CN but the top ISO of 64 makes using that 400 ISO film a little difficult. Perhaps one of the slower BW films like Rollei Retro would work better.

Not sure this helps very much!

Best wishes, Kris.
09-27-2012, 02:55 AM   #6
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Try ASA 100 color print film first. See if everything works.

But if you really want slides - I would go with the 50 speed as a slight (1/3 stop) underexposure bias is better than slight (2/3 stop) over exposure.

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