Brilliant - Antique and Vintage Cameras

Brilliant

1933

Voigtländer & Sohn

Braunschweig

Germany

Image of Brilliant

Lens:
f6.3, 7.5 cm Voigtar lens, iris diaphragm to f11.

Shutter:
AGC shutter speeds - 1/100, 1/50, 1/25, B, T.

Construction:
Leather covered metal body.

Format:
12, 6 x 6 cm exposures on B2 (120) roll-film.

Focusing:
Front-cell to 1.4 m. Also marked Landscape, Group and Portrait.

Attributes:
Brilliant view-finder.
Film advance by frame counter after initially setting to 1 in red window, not coupled to shutter.

Identification:
Early model with smooth paint finish to the metal work. Leather panels.

With:
Case.

Brilliant

Image of Brilliant

Lens:
f7.7, 7.5 cm Voigtar lens, sector stops - f7.7, f11, f22.

Shutter:
Pivoted two-blade return, spring powered, speeds - 1/50, 1/25, B.

Construction:
Cloth covered metal body.

Format:
12, 6 x 6 cm exposures on B2 (120) roll-film.

Focusing:
Front-cell to 3 m.

Attributes:
Brilliant view-finder.
Film advance by frame counter after initially setting to 1 in red window, not coupled to shutter.

Identification:
Crackle finish to the metal work.

Serial Number:
I599847 .

With:
Instructions. Cable release. Case.

Further Information:
Some cases carry the Registered Design number of 780556.

Brilliant

Lens:
f4.5, 7.5 cm Skopar lens, iris diaphragm to f22.

Shutter:
Compur, speeds 1 - 1/300, B, T. Serial no. 3242676.

Construction:
Cloth covered metal body.

Format:
12, 6 x 6 cm exposures on B2 (120) roll-film.

Focusing:
Front-cell to 3 m.

Attributes:
Brilliant view-finder.
Film advance by frame counter after initially setting to 1 in red window, not coupled to shutter.

Identification:
Crackle finish to the metal work.

With:
Case.

Brilliant V/6

1937

Image of Brilliant V/6

Lens:
f4.5 7.5 cm Skopar, iris diaphragm to f16. Serial no. 2707296 .

Shutter:
Compur Rapid, speeds 1 - 1/500, B, T.

Construction:
Plastic body, metal hood.

Format:
12, 6 x 6 cm exposures on B2 (120) roll-film.

Focusing:
Front-cell to 3 feet.

Attributes:
Brilliant view-finder, eye-level direct view-finder.
Auto-stop on film advance, not coupled to shutter.
Depth-of-field scale.

Brilliant

Focusing model

1938

Lens:
f4.5, 7.5 cm Voigtar lens, iris diaphragm to f16. f2.2 Rapid-S-O viewing lens. Serial no. 2708360 .

Shutter:
Rim-set Compur, speeds 1 - 1/300, B, T. Serial no. 3843511.

Construction:
Plastic body, metal hood.

Format:
12, 6 x 6 cm exposures on B2 (120) roll-film.

Focusing:
Front-cell to 3.5 feet.

Attributes:
Reflex viewing through second lens. Condenser lens with central matt area for focusing. Eye-level direct view-finder, (lens/lens) in hood. Magnifier in hood.
Auto-stop on film advance, not coupled to shutter.
Depth-of-field scale.

The Brilliant is a simplified twin-lens reflex (TLR) lying somewhere between a box camera and a true TLR.

First model
The first model (1933) had an enlarged brilliant view-finder, the camera was well-made with a metal body and leather or leatherette covering. The cheapest lens was an f7.7 Voigtar in a two speed shutter. Also available were an f6.3 Voigtar in a three speed shutter and an f4.5 Skopar in a Compur or Compur Rapid. This model proved very popular especially with the cheapest lens which was priced at £2.10.0.

On the model with an f7.7 lens the name plate is flush with the body from which the panel carrying the lenses protrudes a few millimetres; on the other models the name plate is flush with the panel carrying the lenses, this is a result of bringing the finder forward.

Early versions of the first model have a smooth paint finish later a crackle finish was used.

V/6
In 1937 a new model - V/6 - was introduced. This had a plastic body and an automatic film advance stop. The hood included a frame finder. In the side of the camera was a compartment to store filters etc. Several lenses and shutters were available: f7.7, f6.3, f4.5, f3.5 Voigtar or f4.5 Skopar. Shutters were: a 'two speed', Prontor 11, Compur, or Compur Rapid. This model was also produced after World War II.

Focusing model
In 1938 a focusing model was introduced, this used the upper lens to focus on the viewing screen which was a central ground spot on the large bi-convex upper lens of the view-finder. Also included was an extinction exposure meter which fitted onto the viewing lens and an optical direct-vision view-finder in the focusing hood. It had a plastic body similar to the V/6 with a metal hood. Lenses were: f4.5, f3.5 Voigtar, f3.5 Skopar, f3.5 Heliar. The shutter was a Compur or Compur Rapid. Focusing was not very easy due to the aberrations and distortion of the bi-convex lens.

References & Notes:
BJA 1933, pp. 259, 588. BJA 1938, pp. 289, 525. BJA 1939, p. 647. Minit&Cine, 1939, p. 144. Ensign Cat. 1936, p. 192. Voigtländer Cat. 1939,

Further Information:
See Photographica World no. 74 for an article by Chris Haupt describing the differences in the metal bodied Brilliant.

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