Sixtomat - Antique and Vintage Cameras

Sixtomat

c. 1952

P. Gossen & Co. GMBH

Erlangen

West Germany

Image of Sixtomat

Meter Type:
Photoelectric.

Calibration:
Film speed: 6 - 1600 ASA, 9 - 33 DIN. Shutter speed: 1/1000 - 4'. Aperture: f1.4 - f22. Exposure Value (EV): 1 - 19. Colour temperature: 2600k - 10000k.

Attributes:
Incident light diffuser.

Serial Number:
B514797 .

With:
Case.

In use an index line is moved by turning a wheel until it coincides with the meter needle. The shutter speed and aperture pairs can then be read. The EV scale dates this example as being a later model.

References & Notes:
BJA 1959, p. 543.

Sixti

c. 1953

P. Gossen & Co. GMBH

Erlangen

West Germany

Meter Type:
Photoelectric.

Calibration:
Film speed: 6 - 400 ASA, 9 - 27 DIN. Shutter speed: 1/500 - 2s. Aperture: f1.4 - f45.

Attributes:
Twin scale. Accessory shoe fitting.

Serial Number:
Y11233 .

Notes:
The case is marked 'Made in US-zone Germany'.

With:
Case.

One of two indices (black or red for low light) is aligned with the needle. The shutter speed and aperture pairs can be read. The price was £4.17.6. Accessory shoe fitting.

References & Notes:
BJA 1959, p. 178.

Sixon

Improved Model

1956

P. Gossen & Co. GMBH

Erlangen

West Germany

Meter Type:
Photoelectric.

Calibration:
Film speed: 12 - 800 ASA, 12 - 30 DIN. Shutter speed: 1/500 - 8s, 8 - 64 f.p.s. Aperture: f1.4 - f45.

Attributes:
Colour meter. Incident light facility. Table to convert film speeds between DIN, ASA BS, Weston and European Scheiner.

Serial Number:
X282637 .

With:
Case. Box.

This was a popular post-war meter. The needle moves over a scale, the value given is transferred to the calculator and the shutter speed and aperture pairs can be read. The 1956 model incorporated a simple colour temperature meter. Five orange squares labelled 2600 - 10,000K vary in apparent colour as the light changes the square most closely matching a comparison strip gives a a rough idea of the colour temperature.

References & Notes:
BJA 1953, p. 230. BJA 1957, p. 237.

Bewi Piccolo

Bertram

Munich

West Germany

Meter Type:
Photoelectric.

Calibration:
Film speed: 15 - 27 DIN, 25 - 400 ASA. Shutter speed: 1/500 - 1/15. Aperture: f2.8 - f22.

With:
Instructions. Warranty. Case. Box.

This is a small meter to fit on a camera accessory shoe. A dial is turned until the meter needle indicates the aperture to use, a window then shows the shutter speed.

Chrolon

Bertram

Munich

West Germany

Meter Type:
Photoelectric.

Calibration:
Film speed: 9 - 24 DIN, 6 - 200 ASA, 20 - 35 Scheiner. Shutter speed: 1/1600 - 4m. Aperture: f1.5 - f32.

The meter cell is protected by two doors that open when the lid of the meter is raised. In use the meter needle moves over a scale, the number indicated is set on the calculator, the shutter speed and aperture pairs can then be read.

Leica Meter MR-4

1967

Metrawatt A.G.

Nürnberg

West Germany

Meter Type:
Photoelectric, CdS.

Calibration:
Film speed: 6 - 36 DIN, 6 - 3200 ASA. Shutter speed: 1/1000 - 120s. Aperture: f1.4 - f16.

Serial Number:
81592 .

With:
Box.

This fits into the accessory shoe of Leica M series cameras and couples with the shutter speed dial.

Mini Rex II

Rex Messinstrumentenbau GMBH

Germany

Image of Mini Rex II

Meter Type:
Photoelectric.

Calibration:
Film speed: 16 - 250 Weston, 24 - 36 Scheiner. Shutter speed: 1/1000 - 30s, 8 - 64 f.p.s. Aperture: f2 - f22.

Construction:
Black plastic with black leatherette panels.

With:
Case.

In use the film speed is set by lifting and turning a dial on the side of the meter, when taking a reading a pointer moves over a series of channels which indicate the shutter speed to use for a particular aperture, turning the dial on the side of the meter changes the aperture and the shutter speeds. The meter was sold in different finishes, including white, red/white and black/grey.

References & Notes:
BJA 1953, pp. 196, 532.

Mini Rex II

Rex Messinstrumentenbau GMBH

Germany

Image of Mini Rex II

Meter Type:
Photoelectric.

Calibration:
Film speed: 16 - 250 Weston, 24 - 38 Scheiner. Shutter speed: 1/1000 - 60s, 8 - 64 f.p.s. Aperture: f2 - f22.

Construction:
White plastic with red leather panels.

With:
Case.

Mini Rex IIL

Image of Mini Rex IIL

Meter Type:
Photoelectric.

Calibration:
Film speed: 10 - 320 Weston, 22 - 37 Scheiner. Shutter speed: 1/1000 - 240s, 8 - 64 f.p.s. Aperture: f1.4 - f22. EV scale: 1 - 17.

Construction:
White plastic body.

With:
Incident light baffle on chain. Instructions.

Realt

Image of Realt

Meter Type:
Photoelectric.

Calibration:
Film speed: 12 - 200 ASA, 23 - 35 Scheiner. Shutter speed: 1/1000 - 32 m. Aperture: f1.4 - f22.

Construction:
Black plastic.

With:
Case.

The unusual aspect of this meter is the removable plates that fit into a slot. Each plate is for a different film speed and lies just below the meter needle. On the face of the plates are concentric scales for different shutter speeds.

In use the correct plate is inserted and the reading taken, the meter needle will show the aperture to use for a particular shutter speed.

There are four removable plates carrying scales on each side and one fixed set of scales.

  • 26 Sch, 25 ASA. 1/25, 1/50, 1/100, 1/200. f1.4 - f32.
  • 29 Sch, 50 ASA. 1/25, 1/50, 1/100, 1/200, 1/500. f1.4 - f45.
  • 22 Sch, 10 ASA, 8 Weston. 1/30, 1/50, 1/75, 1/100. f1.4 - f16.
  • 23/24 Sch, 10/12 Weston, 12/16 ASA. 1/30, 1/50, 1/75, 1/100. f1.4 - f22.
  • 25 Sch, 16 Weston, 20 ASA. 1/25, 1/50, 1/100, 1/200. f1.4 - f32.
  • 27/28 Sch, 24/32 Weston, 32/40 ASA. 1/25, 1/50, 1/100, 1/200. f1.4 - f32.
  • 30/31 Sch, 64/80 ASA. 1/25, 1/50, 1/100, 1/200, 1/500. f1.4 - f45.
  • 32 Sch, 100 ASA. 1/25, 1/50, 1/100, 1/200, 1/500. f1.4 - f64.

Each removable plate also carries a scale of light values, the value can be set on a calculator on the face of the meter carrying a scale for film speed and shows the shutter speed and aperture pairs. The fixed scale in the meter only shows the light value.

The meter was based on patents by Paul Poirette (US2550936) and manufactured in France.

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