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    A brief semi-related follow-up for anyone who's interested. When I got the aforementioned Brownie Hawkeye, I also picked up a Brownie Flash Six-20; the latter camera is, it turns out, far easier to convert to pinhole. By simply prying the lens off the front (held on by three small tabs), one can afix a pinhole plate directly over the aperture/shutter. The shutter has a B setting, and the camera even has a tripod socket already. All I need to do is drill the top plate to accept a cable release and it will be ready to go.
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    Sounds promising, hope it works out well. Pinhole cameras are basically a box with a hole in the end, but it is nice to be able to work with some sort film transport mechanism rather than have to run to a darkroom or changing bag if you want to do multiple shots.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 02Pilot View Post
    A brief semi-related follow-up for anyone who's interested. When I got the aforementioned Brownie Hawkeye, I also picked up a Brownie Flash Six-20; the latter camera is, it turns out, far easier to convert to pinhole. By simply prying the lens off the front (held on by three small tabs), one can afix a pinhole plate directly over the aperture/shutter. The shutter has a B setting, and the camera even has a tripod socket already. All I need to do is drill the top plate to accept a cable release and it will be ready to go.
    This is the very first camera I ever owned. Given to me on about my 10th birthday.. a long, long time ago. I still have it.
    WYSIWYG - At least that's my goal.

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    I don't do my own developing, so roll film will make it much easier to use. It's an even more basic design than the Hawkeye, and the simplicity means it is easy to eliminate the vignetting issues. The fact that it's 6x9 instead of 6x6 is a nice bonus.

    I bet it was the first camera for a lot of people, and they probably recorded countless moments in a fascinating period in American history. It may be a simple camera, and a relatively old one (produced from 1941-51, according to what I've read), but it seems perfect for what I intend to do with it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 02Pilot View Post
    I don't do my own developing, so roll film will make it much easier to use. It's an even more basic design than the Hawkeye, and the simplicity means it is easy to eliminate the vignetting issues. The fact that it's 6x9 instead of 6x6 is a nice bonus.

    I bet it was the first camera for a lot of people, and they probably recorded countless moments in a fascinating period in American history. It may be a simple camera, and a relatively old one (produced from 1941-51, according to what I've read), but it seems perfect for what I intend to do with it.
    Yes, my first personally owned camera was a Brownie Target Six-20, but not a flash model. I believe I got it around 1950 +/- a year or two, when I was about 9 or 10 -- probably to keep me away from a folding Kodak my parents had!

    And hey, it still works! (So I have no plans to convert it to pinhole.)

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    This one still works as well, but it's important to me to make sure that any such conversion is reversible, so if I decide to bring it back to its original form it will only be a matter of removing the pinhole plate and reattaching the lens.
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    Got the Flash Six-20 converted over to pinhole. It's a completely reversible conversion - the pinhole plate is held on with contact cement, and the lens can simply be popped back in place. The only permanent mod is the hole I drilled for a cable release. Hopefully I'll get it out for testing this weekend.



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    Looks good, have fun!

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    Little update. I have to say I'm rather pleased with the results from this camera, especially considering it's my first attempt at pinhole photography and my expectations were pretty much zero.



    Full details and a couple more photos here: http://filmosaur.wordpress.com/2013/...le-conversion/
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    Lookin' good!

    And you've got over a week to WPPD!

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