The Jem Jr. 120 (1940's) - My Father's Camera

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This Jem was my father’s camera and was bought in Belgium in the late 40’s or beginning of the 50’s.

The Jem Jr. 120 was produced in the 1940’s by the J.E.Mergott Co. of Newark, N.J. There are almost no machined parts in this box camera. Everything is sheetmetal, held together by spot welds, rivets and the springy, formed structure of the material. It is an elegant and functional design from the pre-plastic era.

The Jem’s only operational refinement is a lever on the top that allows a choice of Instant or Timed exposures. There are no tripod or cable release sockets. According to the user manual, the aperture is set at f16 and the shutter operates at 1/25th of a second but it is possible to shoot the camera hand-held with a little care.

A single screw on the top of the camera permits the easy removal of the camera’s front to clean the lens, the lens cover plate, the two viewfinders, and the shutter. Even after cleaning, however, the viewfinders are pretty challenging to use; they are large, but lack a magnifying lens.


NIKON D5100 with 18-55mm NIKKOR ZOOM
F/40mm – 1/125s – f/5.6
Topaz and Nikon NX2 Adjustments


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Photographer: Jeremy Lavender Photography – Nassau, The Bahamas
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