My Kodak Brownie

Discussion in 'Other Systems' started by Vivalo, Oct 15, 2012.

  1. Vivalo

    Vivalo Olympus loser

    Nov 16, 2010
    I found this old camera from flea market today. It is in very good condition and the price was only 20 euros. Kodak Brownie Flash 2 was manufactured from 1957 until 1960. After some modifying (with hardware store tools :biggrin:) I was able to make it work with 120 film I had. We'll see the results in a week or two. The man in the first photo is my grandmother's grandfather.

    E-P1, 45mm 1.8, PP LR4

    14mm 2.5
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  2. RT_Panther

    RT_Panther Mu-43 Legend

    May 4, 2011
    Oh yeah - congrats on that acquisition! :cool:
  3. TheCreativeD00m

    TheCreativeD00m Mu-43 Regular

    Jul 9, 2012
    Fort Worth, Tx
    What was the original format? I have. 127 brownie id love to shoot some 120 with
  4. melonbread

    melonbread Mu-43 Regular

    Aug 27, 2012
    Melbourne, Australia.
    excellent acquisition! Congratulations!
  5. Crdome

    Crdome Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Sep 11, 2011
    West Central Indiana
    That should be fun. Some of the images by old Kodaks can be funky or sharp as a tack.

    Good luck
  6. Vivalo

    Vivalo Olympus loser

    Nov 16, 2010
    It should be used with 620 film but it isn't available anymore.
  7. Vivalo

    Vivalo Olympus loser

    Nov 16, 2010
    So here are the results. Don't mind the compositions. I had to improvise to stabilize the camera because the exposure times were up to 5 seconds long. In the two last photos I made the exposure with FL-36R. Metering was done with E-P1 (on the table in the first photo) set to ISO100 and f11. I did the scanning with EPSON home printer/scanner (sx525WD) from the original negatives. PP in PSE and Lightroom 4.2. I like the "Kodak frames" from the film.







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  8. krugorg

    krugorg Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Jul 18, 2011
    Minnesota USA
    Super cool shots - I too like the Kodak frames! Congratulations on the acquisition.
  9. Vivalo

    Vivalo Olympus loser

    Nov 16, 2010
    Thanks! :smile:
  10. rhoydotp

    rhoydotp Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Aug 5, 2012
    Toronto, Ont
    nice ... especially the last 2! would love to get this just to take a similar photo of my family.
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  11. Hyubie

    Hyubie Unique like everyone else

    Oct 15, 2010
    Agree - the mood of those last two shots brings back a lot of memories. And I love that film look. Dare I say "Heckuva job, Brownie!" :biggrin:
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  12. addieleman

    addieleman Mu-43 All-Pro

    Aug 5, 2010
    The Netherlands
    Love that last shot, that's how it was done 50 years ago. Must be great to hold those 6x9cm negatives, talk about FF...
  13. Lawrence A.

    Lawrence A. Mu-43 All-Pro

    Mar 14, 2012
    New Mexico
    Nice photos, and lots of fun, I'll bet.

    Here's a story: After my father died almost 30 years ago now, I found a Brownie 2A box camera way back in one of his drawers, with patents listed for 1914 and 1916, a very primitive affair with couple of exposure settings. Stamped on the back cover is "use film No. 116", which I believe is basically 620.

    Anyway, there was a roll of verichrome pan still in it, so I souped it by hand, drawing the film from one side to the other in a large 5 gallon development tank. Turns out the pictures are baby pictures of me from my first vacation in New Hampshire when I was 10 months old. Here's a copy of the print I made at that time of one of the few frames not wrecked by fog: My mother walking me, July, 1952, 2 months before my 1st birthday.

    Not everyone gets to develop and print his own baby pictures. I treasure it, needless to say.

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  14. Hyubie

    Hyubie Unique like everyone else

    Oct 15, 2010
    Can't imagine how that feels, Larry.

    If that had happened to me I'd be bawling all over the floor and would need weeks to recover. (And if you are at all familiar with the Filipino brand of histrionics, it's easy to see that image.) :biggrin:
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  15. Fmrvette

    Fmrvette This Space For Rent

    May 26, 2012
    Detroit, Michigan
    Very nice. My first camera was a Brownie Hawkeye (the entire kit - came with a roll of film, flash gun and three flash bulbs!!!). I still have photos I took with that camera.

    I hope you take many photos with the Brownie, and enjoy them all for very long time to come.



  16. Lawrence A.

    Lawrence A. Mu-43 All-Pro

    Mar 14, 2012
    New Mexico
    It was pretty emotional, especially as my father had just passed. My mother, though, still with us at 96 years of age, got to see, which pleases me.

    Unlike the OP's acquistions, the camera that took the photo is not usable; I keep it, though, and for me it is treasurable.

    Don't know the Filipino brand of histrionics, but the Irish Catholic brand left me with a serious case of life-long over-reacting. At 61, I think it's probably permanent.
  17. Vivalo

    Vivalo Olympus loser

    Nov 16, 2010
    What a great story behind that picture, Larry. It's funny how almost all of the pictures taken with those old cameras look like they could have a story to tell. And that's probably the reason why lomography is so pop nowadays. Clean, contrasty and crisp digital photos don't usually give you quite the same feeling. Don't get me wrong, I could never give away digital photography now that I know how difficult and EXPENSIVE photography has been a decade ago. Four rolls of Kodak TMX100 120 film and their development via mail cost me 60€ which is about 2€ per frame. :eek:
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  18. rboate

    rboate Mu-43 Rookie

    Nov 6, 2012
    Great camera

    I learned to take pics with a brownie, too bad 620 wasnt available cheaply anymore.
  19. CUB

    CUB Mu-43 Veteran

    Apr 19, 2012
  20. krugorg

    krugorg Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Jul 18, 2011
    Minnesota USA
    What a great story, Larry! Thank you for sharing.
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