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    I have one of these and it is a lot of fun. You
    can reverse the lens and get some trippy shots.
    See attached.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rolleiflexible View Post
    I have one of these and it is a lot of fun. You
    can reverse the lens and get some trippy shots.
    Those are really nice. Did you have to figure out a specific focal distance or is it more that what's in the center is sharp and everything else is'nt?
    Real men use Speed Graphics and flashbulbs.

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    It's here a Brownie Flash because it's written "Made in France" on the front (and usually "fabriqué en France" inside).
    Brownie Hawkeye has some little differences on front (name...).
    Last edited by Andy38; 07-30-2010 at 05:32 AM. Click to view previous post history.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Andy38 View Post
    It's here a Brownie Flash because it's written "Made in France" on the front (and usually "fabriqué en France" inside).
    Brownie Hawkeye has some little differences on front (name...).
    Yes.
    Like not saying "Brownie Flash" on it?
    I wouldn't think it necessary to look for some "made in France" thing to find out that it is a "Brownie Flash" when "Brownie Flash" is what it says on the front.

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    I have one of these but it is the US version marked Brownie Hawkeye. This was the camera that my mother used to take family pics in the 1950s.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Q.G. View Post
    Yes.
    Like not saying "Brownie Flash" on it?
    I wouldn't think it necessary to look for some "made in France" thing to find out that it is a "Brownie Flash" when "Brownie Flash" is what it says on the front.
    Yes, I had forgotten the main feature : it's written "Brownie Flash"...

    By the way, is there a sync flash on the Brownie Hawkeye ? (I was told not all have one)

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    Quote Originally Posted by brian d View Post
    Those are really nice. Did you have to figure out a specific focal distance or is it more that what's in the center is sharp and everything else is'nt?
    The focal length is about 4 feet when you flip the lens
    but it varies from camera to camera.

    The names of these cameras are not so obscure as the
    posts suggest. Some were sold without flashes -- they
    were Brownie Hawkeyes. Some were sold with flashes
    (with holes for the flash in the camera body) and they
    were called Brownie Hawkeye Flashes. There is an
    active Flickr group devoted to the camera, with over
    800 members and over 6,000 photos posted:

    http://www.flickr.com/groups/browniehawkeyeflash/pool/

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    The manual HERE states that from 5 feet on is in focus. It did not say infinity, but I am assuming that

    I'm running a roll through mine now and will post results (if there are any!).

    Mike

    EDIT: Thanks for pointing out the Flickr site Sanders! That is a great place for info!
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    I have this exact camera and use it almost daily for a shot or two. Here's what I know. They were made from about 1949 to 1961. Yours looks to be from the early 50s, judging from the metal film wind knob and the body release is on the right-hand side of the strap. The very first year or two there was no provision for flash attachment (right-hand side.) Mine was made about 1959. Camera takes 120 film, with a catch. I use regular 120 film and put a 620 take-up spool in position. There are a couple of metal tabs you can bend so they don't contact the inside of the camera. Do a google search. I put a little silicone spray lube on the film spools so they turn much easier. You might have to take the viewfinder apart to clean out dust. Easy to figure out. The shutter is about 1/50s, and aperture is about f16 to f22. I've been shooting ISO 400 film in mine, adjusting exposure by using either ND or colored filters. I put a piece of black velcro over the red window because sunlight will leak in there if it's uncovered. I have my (local) lab save the 620 spools for me so I can reuse them. I tried cutting down a 120 spool to use as a take up spool, but that just didn't work for me. In older versions like yours, I think the 120 spools will work as take-up also, especially if you bend the tabs. Camera is plastic, not Bakelite. I've been getting some cool artistic shots from it. Camera's official name is Kodak Brownie Hawkeye Flash. It is possible to change the flash sync from bulb to electronic by adjusting when the internal switch makes contact. I haven't done that though. I try not to place camera in bright sun because I think it might have a small light leak somewhere. If you take the lens out to clean it, look for a little metal stub and remember which way it went. If the lens is glass, it is an older model. If plastic it's a newer one.


    Kent in SD

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    Sure brings back memories. This was the family camera and I started using it. I recall having a close up attachment lens that slipped over the lens. I think you could get in focused photos at 3 about 3 foot. Somewhere, I still have most of the photos from this camera. This would of been mid fifties. I don't have the camera anymore. Probably look at it as junk as I got older and grew into a better camera.
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