Brooks-Plaubel Veriwide 100
Brooks-Plaubel Veriwide
100 Instruction Manual
This is a handsome and well-made camera that is fun to use. I do, however, find that the 47mm f8 Super Angulon
is not quite up to the task of covering the full 2 1/4 x 3 1/2 inch format of the Veriwide. It really has quite a bit of
light fall-off in the corners, which, depending on the subject, can look okay or be distracting. I wish I could find a
40.5mm center filter to use with this camera, but then again that would entail slower shutter speeds and make
handholding less practical, and the ability to handhold this camera is, for me, one of its best features. Even using
this f8 version of the 47mm Super Angulon with a 6x9 back on my Graflex XLSW yields, in my opinion, a
bothersome amount of darkening in the corners of the frame and I usually use a 6x7 back with that camera,
which still seems plenty wide (if not "veriwide") and gives nice, evenly exposed frames. I also find that I use the
Veriwide less than the XLSW because I prefer the Graflex's ability to use interchangeable backs and it just
seems a little more rugged for carrying around. This latter perception may simply be due to the price, age and
relative rarity of the Veriwide; I suppose trekking around with such a fine vintage item just seems less
appropriate. Also, I've heard that the Veriwide's film-winding mechanism, which has an automatic frame stop
feature (i.e. no red window), is somewhat fragile and prone to break. So, the Veriwide has its uses and is
undoubtedly a beautiful vintage camera, but when I feel like shooting "very wide" photos it is usually the Graflex
XLSW that goes into my camera bag.
Some of the sample photos on this page were digitized with a scanner that couldn't accommodate the full
Veriwide frame (which seemed to be 56x92mm when I measured a negative with a ruler). Still, you can see what I
mean about the light fall-off in the corners.
In the pictures at right you
can see a few of the
Veriwide's features,
including the connector for
Rolleiflex scissor-type straps,
one of the camera's three
bubble levels, the shutter
release and the parallax
compensation slider for the
accessory shoe. The
Veriwide also has a
Rolleiflex-type tripod
mounting, so you can share
your Rolleifix quick-release
plate between this camera
and your Rollei TLRs.

One of the Veriwide's best
features is the clear and
bright Leitz viewfinder, which,
although it functions very well,
is another of those of
high-priced and
hard-to-replace aspects of
the camera that make me
think twice before taking it
out for a stroll.
Kamogawa, Kyoto
View from HEP Osaka
Pickle shop, Gion, Kyoto
Food stall, Osaka Loop Line
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