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The Plaubel Brooks Veriwide 100, named just "Veriwide 100", is a non-folding 120 film camera, format 6x10, released in 1959 by Brooks Co, New York, but built by Plaubel & Co, Frankfurt/Main. As it's name suggests, it's a very wide angle camera, nearly 100 wide, a body constructed around a 47mm
Schneider Super Angulon, a very reknown lens for 4x5" photography. According to different sources, it was built either until 1963 or 1965. I haven't seen serial numbers of 64/65 yet. It's often said that only 2000 were built. I don't believe this, according to the serial numbers I have seen, there were several hundreds built in 1959, nearly 1000 in 1960, 1500 in 1961and nearly 2000 in 1963. Which makes it something about 5000. I will watch out for further information. The change between the bull's-eye level and the ordinary levels seems to happen in the late production of 1961, but numbers do overlap.

I put this camera on these folder pages because it's not bigger than some of the bigger folders and it's unique.


The Plaubel Brooks Veriwide 100 has a simple wire frame finder with a parallax compensation device. There was an accessory finder available, specially built for the picture format of this camera by Leitz, on the basis of a Leica 21mm finder.

Size (mm): 159 x 102 x 75 without finder,
159 x 127 x 75, finder attached
Weight: 960 g
Lens: Schneider Super Angulon 8/47, closest focus 0,75 m
Shutter: Synchro Compur, B, 1 - 1/500, F 8 - 32

Finder: wire frame, special finder available
Film advance: automatic

Here are some photos of the camera. There is a short introduction to the use of it and how it feels at the bottom of the page.

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Camera front, folded. Finder attached. Top, to the right: film Advance.


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Seen from the back. Eyepiece for the wireframe finder folded.

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Seen from the bottom:
tripod socket on disc compatible with Rolleifix and Zip-Grip mounts. Shutter cocking lever on lens.

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Seen from above. Body, from left: film advance, film counter, finder attached in accessory shoe, parallax compensation device, shutter release button, spirit level. Lens, from front: Step-up ring 40,5 -> 58mm, speed selection ring, self-timer/flash synchro lever and aperture setting lever, focussing with 2 hyperfocal stops at 20 and 6 feet, depth-of-the-field scale.

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Left side.

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Right side.
Camera back opening button

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Camera back open.

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Film chamber.

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From Front. 58mm lens cap attached.

Handling a
Plaubel Brooks Veriwide 100 is easy, it was made for professionals, everything is where it should be, it has just the basics. It's quite like a 120 film folding camera. Loading film is fine. Open the camera back and put the film roll into place, the pegs on the bottom retract. Same procedure for the take-up spool. Insert the film paper backing into the spool and advance it using the advance device until the film start arrow matches the white marks near the end of the film plane. Close the camera and wind until the window will show "1", film wind is automatically stopped.

Cock the shutter lever. Set aperture and focus distance. Look through the finder and compose your picture. Press the shutter button. That's it. Advance the film to the next picture, there is a double exposure prevention. After the seventh picture it will advance to "E".

As it's a very wide angle camera with a very sharp lens, focusing is really easy,
it has 2 hyperfocal stops at 20 and 6 feet. Even at F8 there is no distortion, and set to 20 feet, everything between ∞ and 10 feet (3m) is in focus. Set to 6 feet, at F22, it's  between ∞ and 3 feet (0,9m). There is a bit of the typical light fall-off. Framing with the wire frame is quite o.k., the eyepiece can be shifted via a little lever for parallax correction. The dedicated finder is better of course, but it's very, very expensive. Other finders wouldn't do the job really, at least not better than the wire finder.

The
Plaubel Brooks Veriwide 100 is a nice, special purpose camera, easy to use. It fits into a coat wide pocket without the Leitz finder. Mine is well used, but didn't have any issues. The lens is still superb, the shutter works fine, it's quiet and needs no force at all, so no issues about bending. And no problem with the film advance. For a more than 50 years old camera, it delivers astonishing results. You can't do smaller for very wide angle on 120 film. I just love it.

Plaubel-Brooks
Veriwide100
960159 x 127 x 76
w/o F 102 x 76
NoAutoSchneider Super Angulon
8/47
| 0,75
S. Compur B 1 - 1/500 | 326x10 Format, non folding

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