I've got a #3 Brownie that I'm using for wet-plate. The #3 has two shutter speeds - T and 1/xxxth, and three apertures - f11,f16,f22. It makes for some slow exposures, since wet plate has an ASA of about 1, give or take, kinda sorta. The #3 used an extinct rollfilm format that yielded approximately 3 1/4 x 4 1/4 inch negatives, which is coincidentally 1/4 plate size.
I have shot a lot with my Brownie No. 2. This model takes 120 (makes eight 6x9 pix in this case), so is one of the best to get these days, since you can get the film in any photo store, unlike 620, 127, etc.
The camera has three apertures (and one shutter speed, plus a T feature), which is a lot better than some Brownies. The pix are actually "decent" until you get out to the edges, where they get dark and soft. The smaller the aperture, the farther from the center of the frame is sharp, and the less vignetting you get.
I have blown them up to 8x12, but I was after a kind of soft look. At 5x7 they look "sharp"...Brownie sharp, anyhow.
They are "best" in bright sun, like most crummy cameras. But you might not want "best", depending on what you are after. I have used all sorts of films. I like Pan F the best. It seems to line up well with whatever was intended to go into the camera when it was new, meaning that the aperture settings are actually pretty accurate (sun, cloudy sun, shade, etc.). Pan F is usually a 25 film anyhow for me, so the camera must have been made with a 25 film in mind, or something thereabouts.
You just have to shoot some and see what happens, then make adjustments the next time. Nothing is very accurate on them. That's why they are so fun, though.
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Mine will take the 120 roll as long as I use the 620 for the take up.
Originally Posted by Mike Kennedy
The Hawkeye is pretty neat with a flash attachment. I use it in daylight with 100 or 400 film, depending on what I have. At night, you have an open shutter setting that's pretty cool for making multiple exposures &c since the camera is essentially a TLR.
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I've just picked up a number 2 beau brownie (120) for not a lot of cash. Will be putting some film through it shortly
I frequently use a Kodak #2 Box Camera from 1930. I measured the aperture and shutter speed. The camera is designed for shooting ASA 25 film in full sun. With Fuji 800 speed film, I can shoot nicely around evening/dusk. I also use Efke 100 in sunlight and hold a #25 filter in front of the lens. I like the look of the single element lens but prefer glass to plastic. That's the same reason I prefer my Woca Holga to a regular Holga.
I, too, own a brand-spanking new (or so it looks!) Brownie Hawkeye. The original pre-flash version. Came with the original yellow Kodak box and a receipt for $5.50. But I beg to differ. Adjustments can be made to it. After a complete disassembly and cleaning, I made the following:
Originally Posted by honeydo
* Measured the true f/stop value for the little fixed meniscus lens and the true shutter speed using a Calumet Shutter Tester. Came to almost exactly f/11 and about 1/40th of a second. A bit slow for anything moving (sometimes including me, unfortunately).
* Using a tiny piece of appropriately curved black photographic tape, I masked off just enough of the rotary shutter blade opening to give me a measured 1/250th second at f/11. Much nicer.
* Cut a small square from an extra Kodak Wratten #8 (yellow) gelatin filter and during reassembly placed it immediately behind the small internal square of glass that covers the lens. Normally there's about a 1-stop correction required for this filter.
Since my tested and standardized EI for 120 HP5+ is 250, the overall net effect of these adjustments is that the camera is now a perfect-exposure machine for Sunny-16 days. And the now high-speed shutter means subjects are no longer motion-blurred. And the little monochrome filter works wonders to sharpen up the B&W images, as well as give me nicely rendered blue skies.
And, yes, believe it or not, I have been asked - more than once - what kind of digital camera it is...
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I have a shot of my mother taken with a box Brownie she had as a youngster.