orientation of lens in a Kodak 2A Box camera

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  1. spoolman

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    I picked this camera up yesterday in a few pieces ansd the lens and holder were out of the camera but no scratches or other damage was seen on the lens. I figured out how the lens fits into a metal holder with tabs on three arms which fit into another holder which screwa into the wood shutter assembly. What I'm having trouble with is that the lens has a round side and a flat side. Which side goes towards the front of the camera?

    Any help is greatly appreciated.

    Doug
     
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    hi doug

    not sure if this is your camera or not
    http://www.brownie-camera.com/56.shtml

    the box cameras i have had used the plano convex ( or whatever it was )
    with the flat part out, and the curved part towards the film ...
    very much like reinhold's wollaston meniscus lens ...

    nice camera ! i love box cameras :smile:
    john
     
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    Anyone who messes with box cameras in this day and age is a candidate for a rubber room. You may make my reservation at any time. I am amazed by these low tech wonders. I have a couple that are made out of cardboard and are in amazing shape considering they have been on the planet for 90-plus years. I think I have a Kodak Rainbow 2M. Can't shed any light on the shutter except mine still works.
     
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    Hello John: The one I have is the model "C" and once again you have saved my bacon and now I can put this camera back together and get some use of it. On another topic, I'm about to try coating some plexiglass that I have used some 600 grit on one side to try and replicate Kodak Translite film. One question: once I pour the emulsion onto the plexi and even it out with a coating rod, do I place it on a chilling block like the one used in coating film base with emulsion or do I let it air dry and hope that the ground surface will have enough "tooth" to allow the emulsion to adhere to the plexi?

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    hi doug

    yes the chilly block will help make you happy plates :smile: ..

    glad i could help !

    john