Super Paxette
posted 2-9-'04

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First of all make yourself thoroughly familiar with the various parts of the camera and, before inserting a film, go over the necessary operations several times. Good snapshots can only be achieved if your SUPER - Paxette is always ready for instant action.

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1 Rewind push button    11
2 Accessories shoe with exposure counter . 9
3 Rapid winder    10
4 Window of coupled view and range
finder    14/15
5 Shutter speed setting ring    16
6 Socket for cable release    -
7 Shutter release lever    20
8 Focusing ring coupled with view and
range finder    14
9 Camera back locking ring with tripod bush
1/2 inch    5
10 Rewind knob with film speed reminder . 16
11 Window of coupled view and range
finder    14/15
12 Depth of field ring    18
13 Flash contact    -
14 M X V Adjustment    22
15 Aperture setting    17


Picture Introduction
The SUPER - Paxette camera, made by Carl Braun of Nuremberg, is a first class product which reflects the skill and care of the operatives behind its manufacture and also the modern quality of the plant itself. These facts are self-evident and are very quickly confirmed by actual use of the camera.
This booklet describes the SUPER - Paxette in detail and should be carefully studied before handling the camera.

The SUPER - Paxette will prove a
constant friend and pleasant companion at all times.


How to Open the Camera

Release the milled locking ring on the camera base by turning it to the left. The back of the camera can then be slid off.



Picture How to Insert the Film

Insert the film cassette into the film chamber so that it engages in the rewind knob. Open the film pressure plate and draw out the trimmed end of the film far enough to be inserted into the slot of the take-up spool. At the same time ensure that the lug on the take-up spool hooks into the perforation in the film. Now wind the lower wheel of the empty spool until both sprockets engage in the perforations of the film; it is also advisable to depress the film rewind push button at the same time. Lastly, swing the film pressure plate back into the closed position and close the camera.

Important: Avoid direct sunlight when loading or unloading the camera. Turn your back to the light and hold the camera in your own shadow.


Picture How to Close the Camera

To close the camera the back should be inserted between the camera housing and front plate and the locking ring tightened.


Picture The Exposure Counter

The exposure counter reads backwards from 36 to 1, indicating each time the number of unexposed frames still available. After the film has been inserted and the camera closed, set the counter at the red dot near the figure 36 by turning the toothed wheel which is positioned just below the maker's name. Advance the film twice (each time advancing the rapid wind lever 112 times until a definite resistance is felt), and the film counter should then read 36.


Picture The Rapid winder

The shutter winding mechanism, film transport and film counter are coupled and operated by means of the rapid wind lever. Advance the lever as far as possible, then release it, allowing it to spring back; then advance it approximately half way until a noticeable resistance is felt. The film is now transported, the shutter cocked, the exposure counter correctly set and your Super-Paxette is ready for the next shot.



Picture How to Unload the Camera

When the exposure counter shows figure 1, this means that the entire length of the film has been exposed.
To wind back the film, press the rewind push button, then pull out the rewind knob as far as it will go and turn in the direction of the arrow. Just before the rewinding operation is completed, a more marked resistance will be noticeable indicating that the end of the film is still held by the take-up spool. A few more turns will wind the film completely into the cassette. The camera can then be opened and the film changed.
Important: The rewind button must remain depressed throughout the rewinding operation.

 Loading and Unloading Drill

Loading the SUPER - Paxette

1. Open the camera
2. Insert film cassette
3. Attach film to take-up spool
4. Close the camera
5. Set the exposure counter
6. Advance the rapid wind lever twice
7. The camera is ready for the first shot

Unloading the SUPER - Paxette

1. Press down rewind button
2. Pull out rewind knob as far as it will go
3. Turn rewind knob in direction of arrow
4. Wind the entire film into cassette
5. Open the camera 6. Take out cassette

Checking the Film Transport
In order to ensure that the film transport is functioning correctly, pull up the rewind knob as far as it will go. If the film is moving forward properly, the rewind knob will turn in the direction opposite to that indicated by the arrow when the rapid winder is advanced.
Important: This check should be made for a short time only. After checking, push the rewind knob in again.

Checking the Rewinding
To check the rewinding action, release the locking stud during the rewinding operation. If the mechanism is functioning properly a very definite resistance will be noticeable. If no resistance is felt, this means that the film has been pulled out of the cassette and cannot be wound back. This fault can only be remedied by opening the camera in a darkroom.
Important: Do not attempt to force the film or the perforation of the film will tear. When continuing to rewind, press in the lucking stud again.



The Coupled Range Finder

The coupled range finder of the S U P E R • ,Paxette does not only give the frame of the picture but also the range finder image which is visible as a light circular area in the centre of the field. By turning the focusing ring on the lens the exact distance to the subject is measured and automatically set.

Attention: All interchangeable lenses for the Super-Paxette are coupled to the range finder.

Picture Picture How to Use the Range Finder

In the middle of the light circular area you will see a double image of the subject sighted. By turning the focusing ring these two contours should be made to coincide; in this way the exact distance to the subject is established and the lens focused.

Picture The Film Speed Reminder

In order to avoid errors when choosing aperture and shutter speed, set the film speed indicator to the speed of the film used as soon as the latter is inserted into the camera.

Picture Exposure Time

The shutter is set by bringing the red mark on the milled ring of the shutter into register with the desired speed engraved on the collar of the shutter housing.

Picture The Lens Diaphragm

The lens aperture or diaphragm is set by means of the front ring on the lens. Bring the red dot into register with the black line at whatever setting is required.
Note: Aperture 2.8 high speed - little depth of field.

Aperture 16 slow speed - great depth of field.
Picture The Delayed Action Release

The setting lever has to be pushed from X to green V. This can be done only when the shutter is cocked.

Attention: When setting V is used, the shutter setting B cannot be used. After the delayed action mechanism has run off, the setting lever goes back to X automatically. 4WWW.BUTKUS.ORG

Picture Depth of Field Ring

The depth of field or depth of definition comprises the zone from the foreground to the background of the picture which is sharply defined in the reproduced image. This area or depth varies according to the aperture chosen, that is to say, a large aperture (f/2.8) gives less depth of field and a small aperture (f/16) gives a greater depth of field.
With the SUPER. Paxette the depth of field for every photograph can be easily read off the depth of field ring which is between the focussing ring on the lens and the shutter speed setting ring; this repeats on the left and on the right of the setting mark the range of apertures.

Picture Changing the Lens

The lens should be screwed firmly home into the lens panel in a clockwise direction. If correctly screwed in, the central dot on the red engraved depth of field scale should be just below the engraving „SUPER-PAXETTE". Remove the lens by unscrewing it in the opposite direction. When screwing the lenses in and out they should be held by the knurled fixed ring bearing the depth of field scale.
Picture The Attachable View Finder

Without mask this view finder gives the exact framing of the picture when using the wide angle lens of 38 mm focal length. The mask must be used with long focus lenses of 85 and 90 mm. For the 135 mm tele-lens an additional mask is necessary, which is supplied together with the lens. Furthermore these focal lengths are engraved on the bottom edge of the view finder and on the mask. 4WWW.BUTKUS.ORG

For High Demands!

Ask your photo dealer for the Universal Prismatic view finder of Steinheil or for the Polyfocus Universal view finder which give you the exact images for all focal lengths. (See also page 23)

Picture Taking a Picture

The SUPER - Paxette should be held firmly in both hands with the rounded bottom edge resting in the palms of the hands. When the shutter is released hold the camera steady with the left hand.

Release the shutter gently and deliberately without jerking it, moving the middle finger only and not the whole hand. Allow the finger to rest on the release lever until the release action is completed. Remain perfectly still and composed while taking a picture, especially when taking snapshots. If you follow these rules you will be delighted with the excellent results achieved.

Flash Synchronization for the Prontor SVS shutter

The Gauthier Prontor SVS shutter is fully synchronized for flash, and enables you to set the lever in any desired position.
Three settings are possible:
Setting M, yellow. Draw out head of setting lever and set to M.

In this position, the M-type flash lamps are ignited with shutter speeds of 1/30 sec. to 1/300 sec. Setting M cannot be used for electronic flashes. The delayed action release does not work. If no flash-gun is attached the shutter operates normally.

Setting X, red. Draw out head of setting lever and set to X.
In this position electronic flash shots can be taken at any shutter speed. For flash lamps, only shutter speeds up to 1/30 second can be used. The delayed action release does not work. If no flash unit is attached the shutter operates normally.

Setting V, green. Only possible with a cocked shutter. After the delayed action mechanism has run off, the lever goes back to X automatically.
This position is used if you want to work with the delayed action release. For flash shots the same conditions apply as for position "X".

Accessories for the SUPER - Paxette
Interchangeable lenses coupled to the range finder
Wide angle lens Cboro f:3,5/38
Wide angle lens Westron f:3,5/35
Long focus lens Telexon f:5,6/85
Long focus lens Quinar f:3,5/85
Long focus lens Telenar f:3,8/90
Long focus lens Ennaston f:3,5/135

Prismatic View Finder Made by Steinheil for focal lengths 38, 85/90 and 135 mm with parallax compensation.

TEWE-Polyfocus Universal View Finder for focal lengths 35/38, 45/50, 85/90 and 135 mm with parallax compensation.
Optical View Finder for 38 mm with mask for 85/90 or 135 mm

Paximat 35 mm Slide Projector with rapid slide changer. Amazingly simple to handle.

Branax 35 mm Enlarger can be used for reproduction and macro photography in conjunction with ground glass adapter, intermediate rings and repro lens.

Paxitron Home Flash works without dry or wet batteries and takes its energy directly from the mains. Guide number 44 for 17/10 DIN = 40 ASA films. Light output: appr. 80-90 W/sec.

Pico Electrical attachable exposure meter masters all exposure problems. Ranging from 15 sec. - 1/1000 sec.
Eveready and combi-cases - filters and filtersets - sunshades

The right for change of construction due to improvement is reserved herewith   Printed in Germany 4-'57/5a