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« on: April 11, 2010, 09:31 PM »

Anybody use them?  I got one this weekend and want to shoot it.  Any help?

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« Reply #1 on: April 11, 2010, 10:03 PM »

Anybody use them?  I got one this weekend and want to shoot it.  Any help?

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I'd suggest using a 357 or bigger to make sure it is REALLY dead with the 1st shot... Cool

All joking aside I assume your talking about the older Kodak film camera instead of the newer disposable version.  I think the older versions used the 127 film IIRC.  I loved all of the Brownies I owned.  Great cameras for the price.

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« Reply #2 on: April 11, 2010, 10:13 PM »

Take some pictures of people's faces in sunlight, shade and indoors.

You could add hand held vs. camera on tripod (table, window sill, chair, whatever) to the indoor experiment.

Good luck.

There are some forums for the Brownies.  Smiley
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« Reply #3 on: April 11, 2010, 10:57 PM »

A fun Brownie site from 10 years ago.

http://www.kodak.com/US/en/corp/features/brownieCam/


I've had this one 40 years. My first camera.  Smiley

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« Reply #4 on: April 12, 2010, 02:03 AM »

Here's a little extra info,

yep the brownie is a 127, which is near impossible to get at least in Australia, but it is the same size a 120 film, a fairly commonly available format, except that the spools are wider at the ends. The industrious of us will shave them down to make them fit. But I imagine that there's some industrious US citizen who's done it for you for a price.

Have fun!
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« Reply #5 on: April 12, 2010, 03:48 AM »

Here's a little extra info,

yep the brownie is a 127, which is near impossible to get at least in Australia, but it is the same size a 120 film, a fairly commonly available format, except that the spools are wider at the ends. The industrious of us will shave them down to make them fit. But I imagine that there's some industrious US citizen who's done it for you for a price.

Have fun!

If I remember correctly, 127 film is narrower than 120 (the square formats are 4cm x 4cm pics on 127, 6cm x 6cm pics on 120), so cutting 120 down to 127 would be very difficult - I thought it was 620 film that was the same as 120 but on smaller diameter spoools...
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« Reply #6 on: April 12, 2010, 06:58 AM »

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I shall defer to what I'm sure is a better knowledge base, I have only been drawing upon memory, and the recommendations of a 'old skooler' i once worked with. I can only say Google is your friend and at this time I am developing a far deeper knowledge of 127 than i ever felt I needed Wink

Hope it hasn't caused any confusion.

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« Reply #7 on: April 12, 2010, 08:15 AM »

What made the size easy to remember for me was that Rollie used to make a cute grey 127 version of their famous 120 twin-lens reflex camera, the Rollieflex.
I managed to find the following pic that shows the size difference, and also shows their extremely cute (but low-spec) digital tribute to their twin-lens reflex camera line.
The big one is the 120 film camera, the middle one the 127 camera, and the tiny one is jewellry:



taken from this blog post

Maybe Kodak should do a retro-digital version of their brownie cameras?
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« Reply #8 on: April 12, 2010, 09:30 AM »

http://www.brownie-camera.com/

There is a link there somewhere for film sources.

My youngest sister, who is a photographer by trade, messes about with and collects  obsolete cameras: Swingers and Brownies mostly.

She often uses them for some of her artier projects.
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« Reply #9 on: April 12, 2010, 04:18 PM »

An easier rout would be to pick up a plastic Holga 120 camera.
Very interesting results.

Another trick is to use your Brownie as a filter for another camera.
Just shoot off the ground glass but remember to flop your image or it will be backwards.

Here's a sample that I shot through an old Argus back in the early 80s.



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« Reply #10 on: April 12, 2010, 04:40 PM »

thanks for all the info.  I think I am going to try to get a roll re spooled.
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« Reply #11 on: April 12, 2010, 05:32 PM »

Got a Brownie, and some other TLR's, a Rollieflex and a couple of Yashica's, among the collection

I get my "classic" film from B&H
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« Reply #12 on: April 13, 2010, 05:48 AM »

btw, off topic here.  I am looking for a really nice medium format camera.  If anyone has one for sale.
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« Reply #13 on: May 12, 2010, 04:22 PM »

Is there anyone here that wants to buy a Kodak Brownie Starflex Outfit?  A friend just asked me if I knew anyone that wanted one of these cameras.  She has a new in the box Brownie Starflex Outfit including flash bulbs and an original roll of film.  She would like $20.00 plus shipping.

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« Reply #14 on: May 12, 2010, 04:37 PM »

Like the one in my post above?

If it's that same outfit I'll take it.
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