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Jan 01 2016

1932 Kodak Brownie No 2

By Mark Beresford | Comments 6

In a previous post I wrote about a Kodak Brownie Rainbow Hawk-Eye No. 2 Model C box camera that I found in an antique shop with an undeveloped film inside. This week I loaded a new film into it and took some photos while Kaori and I were visiting Carmel.

This camera is a pure point-and-shoot. You can’t focus, set shutter speed or aperture, or zoom in and out. There’s a tiny window on the top that gives a vague impression of what’s in front of the camera, and once you have it approximately pointed in the right direction, you slide the shutter release lever to take the photo.

This camera was made between 1930 and 1933, which makes it 82-85 years old. I had to figure out how to load the film by looking at the mechanism. Remarkably, 120 film is still made with numbers printed on the backing paper which show up in a little red-tinted window in the camera. To wind the film on after taking a picture, you turn the winding lever until the next number shows in the window. This particular camera makes huge 6 x 9 cm negatives, fitting 10 photos on one roll. There must be a standard governing where the numbers are printed on the backing paper and where the window in the camera is located because different cameras need different spacing between the numbers.

Unlike the other photos, which were taken in overcast light, I took this one in bright sunlight. Clearly, this camera prefers bright sun with a 100 ISO film.

I may not take the time to run any more film through this camera, but I kinda like some of the photos and it was fun to do. Here’s some more information about this camera.

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