View Full Version : Flipped lens Brownie Hawkeye
08-30-2010, 10:13 AM
I was recently having a conversation with a list member about images made with a flipped lens Brownie Hawkeye and said I would post a couple on examples here. These are negative scans. Bill Barber
What model did you do this on? I have the flash model and would love to try this. It seems to create the kind of image I wanted my holga to make but was not able to.
08-30-2010, 11:24 AM
They made two models (flash or non-flash) of the Hawkeye in the 49-61 series. Either the flash or the non-flash model will work. It is an easy job, just pay attention to how you take it apart. Bill Barber
08-30-2010, 11:43 AM
It is an easy job, just pay attention to how you take it apart.
Again, this site (http://cclemens.tripod.com/Brownie/HawkClean.htm) will walk you through that process in detail...
08-30-2010, 11:50 AM
Really nice - I like this a lot. Thanks for the tip!
08-30-2010, 12:21 PM
i like how it is crazy distorted and almost macro at the same time.
beautiful stuff bill !
08-30-2010, 01:59 PM
Thanks for the comments. I've done two of these and didn't mess with the mirror (didn't take it out.) I just used a q-tip with a little denatured alcohol to clean it. One thing to remember is that this camera was designed for 620 film. That is really no problem as you can use 120, just be sure to use a 620 spool for the take up side. Some folks have talked about respooling 120 to 620 spools. You don't have to do that. If you don't do your own processing, ask your processor to return the 620 spool with your order. The film advance will be a little tight at first, however that soon passes. Bill Barber
08-30-2010, 02:27 PM
Just curious, what distance range works for the in-focus part of the picture? Nice shots, btw.
08-30-2010, 04:40 PM
Both of these are uncropped, so on the first one i was perhaps 8 to 10 feet away from the post with the sign on it and the second one, I was very close (within 2 to 3 feet.) If someone thinks they like the results, this is a no brainer. The cameras, if not sitting around in your grandparents house are less than $10 at auction, yard sale or thrift store. There are always some on eBay. They are simple to work on. The one I'm currently working on had a somewhat sticky shutter. Soaked in a little lighter fuid and 3 in 1 oil mixture and it works like a champ. Bill Barber
08-30-2010, 04:50 PM
The cameras, if not sitting around in your grandparents house are less than $10 at auction, yard sale or thrift store. There are always some on eBay. They are simple to work on. The one I'm currently working on had a somewhat sticky shutter. Soaked in a little lighter fuid and 3 in 1 oil mixture and it works like a champ. Bill Barber
I've never flipped the lens, but I've had a few apart. The important trick is that screws that hold the light box to the housing are simply screwed into the Bakelite. If you over-torque them they won't stay in because they strip out very easily. I found that once you're sure of your work, take it back apart, and reassemble with a small dab of superglue in the hole. The screws set up very tightly, but if you're sparing with the glue you can still get it apart a few years from now if necessary.
I found the spray graphite worked better than oil to my mind. YMMV.
08-31-2010, 10:02 AM
Thanks for posting these, Bill... beautiful!!! (Guess I should get busy and post a few from mine.)
09-18-2010, 01:49 PM
I have a few rolls of VP620 with expiry dates of 1965. I put one through my Hawkeye so that I could have another 620 spool. This frame had some damage to the emulsion, not sure how it got scratched, so I cropped it. Developed in Rodinal 1:50 FOR 10 MIN AT 68ºF:
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