Rear panel with viewing aperture for frame finder
Open the finder hood cover m by lifting catch n
(preferably with thumb). Look vertically down into the
finder hood and view the subject.
For exposures at eye level use the frame finder:
Press back the middle part l in the finder hood
cover until it engages under the boss on the rear panel
o. Press the camera tightly against the face and
view the picture through the rectangular opening in the
rear panel o. The front part of the frame finder
shows the exact angle of view.
To close, pull back the rear panel o gently,
whereupon the middle part l springs back into
position. Now close the two sides then the rear panel
o and finally the cover m which holds the
2. Shutter and
Your dealer will be glad to explain this important
section to you in detail. We give here the essential
Compur and Pronto shutters must be set before release
- Prontor for all adjustments, Compur not for B and T.
Singlo does not need to be set. 5 indicates 1/5th of a
second, 100 represents 1/100 sec., and so on. For the B
adjustment the shutter remains open as long as the
release is pressed down, while for T it opens on the
first pressure and closes on the second.
The tension lever generally lies at the top. It is
pressed gently to one side until it encounters
resistance. The release lever g is always at the
bottom. When releasing the shutter, hold the Brilliant
firmly in both hands, view the picture and press the
release lever g gently down. Do not jerk, or the
picture will be "shaky". Hold the camera still and
The delayed action release in the Singlo and Prontor
II is a tension lever with a red knob. First adjust the
shutter and then set the delayed-action release. Hold the
camera securely and press the release.
The shutter operates after the delayed action
mechanism runs down (about 10 seconds). Never use the
delayed action mechanism for B and T.
For long time exposures fix the camera on a tripod.
The screw-bush is on the base of the Brilliant. Release
shutter with wire release attached to f.
Diaphragm adjustment is also on the shutter. The
diaphragm controls the time of exposure and depth of
focus. (Read up ths point in a good text book.) The
greater the number the smaller the diaphragm
Double the time of exposure when the diaphragm
aperture is set to the next smallest value.
Brilliant f/3.5 and f/4.5. The feet scale is on the
front lens mount. Revolve the front lens by the milled
ring and adjust the focus against the adjustment mark
i (infinity is anything over 100 feet).
Depth-of-Focus Table on the Finder Hood: When
focussing to a certain range - say 25 feet - not only
that point, but a certan zone will be sharp. At 25 feet
and with an aperture of f/4.5, for example, everything
between 19 feet and 36 feet will be sharp. This zone
increases as you stop down; at 25 feet and with an
aperture of f/11, it will extend 14 feet to 99 feet.
Reading the depth of focus table: find the distance n the
left-hand vertical column, and on the corresponding
horizontal line there appears under each lens aperture
column, the various distances covering the zone of
sharpness (depth of focus) e.g. at 13 feet, and at f/8,
all is sharp between 10 and 18 feet.
Brilliant f/6.3 and f/7.7. Revolve front lens mount by
milled ring. Adjust red dot on the appropriate word
(Landscapes, Groups, Portraits) or the distance in feet
beneath the indicator mark i. These distinguishing
words greatly facilitate focussing:
- at Landscapes the sharpness extends from 20 feet
at Groups the sharpness extends from 7 feet to 20
at Portraits the sharpness extends from 4 feet to 7
Hold the front part of the Brilliant in the left hand.
Press together the knops (sic) a and open back panel.
Remove empty spool from lower chamber. Pull out large
film transport knop b and keep it in that position
by turning it a quarter way round. Open out the film
protecting cover b the handle on the left, place the
empty spool on the pin, so that the slot faces the film
winding-key. Turn this latter until it engages in the
Then insert the full spool in the bottom chamber, hold
it secure, and tear off and remove the adhesive strip.
Hold the spool gently in the chamber and pull out the
protective paper with the black side downwards, and
insert the end in the wide slit on the empty spool. Turn
the film key twice and make sure that the paper is being
gripped. The paper must wind exactly between the two
spool flanges. Close the camera. Open red film window by
turning the milled knob at the back panel to the
Hold the camera in the left hand, as above, and pull
up the knob c by the index finger. Now observe the
red film window on the rear panel and turn the film knob
b until (after hands and dots) the figure"1"
appears. Let go knob c and press knob d
towards the number window e until the figure "1"
is also visible there. Close film window by turning the
milled knob at the back panel to the right. The Brilliant
is now ready for the first exposure.
N.B. Make it a rule to turn on immediately after each
To be able to turn the film on, the knob c must
be pressed up once more. Without consulting the film or
number window, you may now turn on as far as the knob
will go and then make the second exposure. This procedure
is repeated up to the twelfth exposure. The number window
e indicates how many exposures have been made. After the
twelfth exposure lift knob c with the index
finger: then turn on until the safety paper disappears in
the red film window.
Now open the rear panel, remove the full spool and
secure it by means of the adhesive band. Hold it securely
while doing so, to prevent it from unwinding.
This compartment is in the side not shown in the
illustration. It is provided with a door which opens by
pulling the small handle back. This compartment is
intended to accommodate yellow filters, portrait lenses
and the excellent Brilliant exposure meter. These
accessories are placed on the discs on the cover and
secured by turning to the right.
Yellow filters are indispensable for well-balanced
pictures with correct tonal values, and particularly for
attractive landscapes. Voigtlander make a light filter
(Moment, 2x) and a dense filter (Normal, 4x), both of
special glass and absolutely plan parallel.
Size required: 29 mm. diameter.
Portrait lenses are also available for your Brilliant,
namely Portrait-Focar No. 67 and Near-Focar No. 30.
(Note: Near Focar No. 30 cannot be accommodated in the
"hold-all"), which make it possible to approach very
closely the subject taken. The following distances (very
accurately measured) are possible.
The Voigtlander Lens Hoods impart brilliance to
pictures as they cut off all disturbing side light.
Particularly for exposures agains the light, they are
The Brilliant Exposure Meter is the most suitable
instrument for your camera. It measures extremely rapidly
and accurately the correct time of exposure.