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What Should I Keep In Mind When Getting Started With the Belair X 6-12?

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Here’s a few quick and easy tips to help you achieve the best results possible from the very beginning.

Set the Film Sensitivity (ISO/ASA)

The Belair X 6-12 is an auto-exposure camera. This means you will need to set the correct film sensitivity so that the camera exposes correctly. The ISO/ASA dial is located behind the lens board, under the battery chamber. In Auto Exposure Mode, the camera will expose correctly according to ISO you selected. Select and turn the ISO Dial so that it matches the ISO of the film you are using. In B (Bulb) Mode, the camera will expose as long as you press the shutter.

Set the Focus

There are 4 focusing zones on the Belair X 6-12 90mm lens: 1m, 1.5m, 3m and infinity. Set the focus by turning the lens focusing ring according to the distance of your subject.

Make Sure to Unfold the Camera and Insert Batteries

Before heading out, unfold the Belair X 6-12 by pressing the folding lock at the bottom of the camera, hold and pull out the lens board until it locks into place.

Insert 2 × 1.5V (2 x LR44) batteries in the battery chamber on the top of the lens board; take care to match them with the indicators. Flip back and close the battery chamber.

When Shooting in Panoramic Format , Remember To Only Shoot On The Roll’s Even Numbers

Since the exposure area of 6×12 is a double a 6×6, you need to stop at frame 2, 4, 6, 8, 10 and 12 when looking though the red frame window. If you stop at other frames, you’ll end up with unwanted overlapping exposures.

Keep Auto Exposure Range & Depth of Field in Mind
Use these depth of field charts to achieve just the right exposure depending on your setting and lighting conditions.