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How do I install batteries in the Belair X 6-12?

The Belair X 6-12 requires 2 × 1.5V (2 x LR44) batteries to work properly. To load the batteries:

  • Flip open the battery chamber on the top of the lens board; insert batteries taking care to match them with the indicators.
  • Flip back and close the battery chamber. You are now ready to set up the Belair X 6-12 for shooting.

How do I shoot long exposures with my Belair X 6-12?

To shoot long exposures, set your Belair X 6-12 to B (Bulb) Mode and hold the shutter release lever for as long as you want to expose the film.

How do I Set the Film Sensitivity (ISO/ASA) on the Belair X 6-12?

The Belair X 6-12 is an auto-exposure camera. This means you will need to set the correct film sensitivity so that the camera exposes correctly. The ISO/ASA dial is located behind the lens board, under the battery chamber.

Auto Exposure Mode: The camera will expose correctly according to ISO you selected. Select and turn the ISO Dial so that it matches the ISO of the film you are using. B (Bulb) Mode: The camera will expose as long as you press the shutter: switch to B mode, hold the Shutter Release Lever for as long as you want to expose the film.

Which formats can I shoot with the Belair X 6-12?

With the Belair X 6-12, you can choose between 6×6, 6×9 or 6×12 shooting formats.

  • 6×6: To shoot 6×6 photos (12 pictures per roll), remove the camera’s back door, take out the existing mask and install the 6×6 mask.
  • 6×9: To shoot 6×9 photos (8 pictures per roll), remove the camera’s back door, take out the existing mask and install the 6×9 mask.
  • 6×12: To shoot 6×12 photos (6 pictures per roll), remove the camera’s back door, take out the existing mask and install the 6×12 mask.

How do I load 120 film into my Belair X 6-12?

  1. First you’ll need to open the camera’s back door: pull down the door lock on the bottom corners of the camera and remove the back cover.
  2. Take out the 120 film taking spool, place it into the chamber on the right-hand side. Make sure to engage the advancing shaft properly.
  3. Place a fresh 120 film into the left chamber, pull out the film’s back paper tongue, slip it into the 120 taking spool opening, turn the advancing lever anti-clockwise to make sure the film is properly inserted.
  4. Close the back door.
  5. Turn the advancing lever anti-clockwise to advance the film until you reach the first frame of your format chosen:
  • 6×6 (12 pictures per roll): Use the lower red frame window and stop at frame number 1; count every frame number in the window when you shoot and advance.
  • 6×9 (8 pictures per roll): Use the upper red frame window and stop at frame number 1; count every frame number in the window when you shoot and advance
  • 6×12 (6 pictures per roll): Use the lower red frame window, stop at frame number 2; Count even frame numbers (2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12) in the window as you shoot and advance.

Which Flashes can I use with the Belair X 6-12?

The Belair X 6-12 has a standard hot-shoe flash connection which means you can use any flash with standard hot-shoe. When you are using flash, the auto exposure will still work normally to capture any ambient light.

How do I change the Belair X 6-12 lens?

  1. Hold the lens barrel tight, turn the lens anti-clockwise until you hear a "click" sound; the lens is now detached and you may attach another lens.
  2. Fit the lens onto the camera by matching it with the white indication on the lens board; turn the lens clockwise until the lens locks into place.
  3. Hold the viewfinder and turn anti-clockwise to detach, make sure you attach a viewfinder which matches your lens’s focal length.

Caution: The shutter blades under the lens are a high-precision part. DO NOT touch the shutter blades with your fingers or any other object. Do not blow it with compressed air. If you are going to remove the lens for a long period, make sure you use the camera body cap to cover the shutter in the package.

How do I take photos & multiple exposures with the Belair X 6-12?

  • Shooting Photos: Shooting with the Belair X 6-12 is incredibly easy; just point the camera at your subject and press the Shutter Release Lever all the way down! It’s a self-cocking shutter design so you don’t need to cock the shutter after each release!
  • Film Advancing: After each photo taken you will need to advance to the next fresh frame and get ready to shoot your next picture. Look at the red frame window at the camera back and advance according to the format you’ve selected.
  • Multiple Exposures: It’s so easy! Take your first photo, DO NOT advance the film and then take your second, third shots…only advance the film when your work is done!

Can I use a cable release thread with my Belair X 6-12?

The Belair X 6-12 does not accommodate for a cable release thread. However, by making use of the camera’s B (bulb mode) and a tripod, you can be sure to create exciting and breathtaking long exposures.

How do I fold and unfold the Belair X 6-12?

The Belair X 6-12 is designed with a folding structure that’s convenient for when you’re out and about or storing the camera. Remember to unfold the camera before shooting.

To unfold the Belair X 6-12 press the folding lock at the bottom of the camera, hold and pull out the lens board until it locks into place.

To fold the Belair X 6-12 there are two folding locks, at the top and bottom of the folding structure. Press together the two locks, and push back the lens board until it locks into place.

Where is the light meter on the Belair X 6-12

The light meter on the Belair X 6-12 is located on the front lens board, next to the ISO setting wheel.

How do I set the focusing on the Belair X 6-12?

The Belair X 6-12 is designed to be a zone-focusing camera just like the LOMO LC-A+ and LC-Wide. There are 4 focusing zones on the Belair X 6-12 90mm lens: 1m, 1.5m, 3m and infinity. Set the focus by turning the lens focusing ring according to the distance of your subject.

These charts also offer a very handy guide →

How Do I Check The Batteries?

The Battery Check indicator is located below the ISO dial on the Belair X 6-12. To see the battery level, you can simply press the Shutter Release Lever halfway down. You will then see one of the following:

  1. A green LED lights up when the battery is working
  2. A green LED blinks when they battery level is low and it’s time for you to change the batteries.
  3. No LED lights up if the battery is empty or not properly installed.
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