Kodak No. 2A Beau Brownie

The Kodak No. 2A Beau Brownie is the bigger sister of the No. 2 Beau Brownie and I am very happy to own one in each of the five available colors. Walter Dorwin Teague designed a lot of beautiful cameras for Kodak, but for me the Beau Brownie is his masterpiece.

All No. 2A Brownie boxes use 116 roll film for 6.5x11cm negatives, and this is where the problems start when you would like to take photographs with this kind of camera: 116 film is no longer available. But I figured out how to “create” rolls of 116 film the do it yourself way.

So here are some results from the first roll of film I used in the No. 2A Beau Brownie. The film is Rollei Ortho 25 developed in Rodinal. With 25 ISO I supose the speed of the Rollei Ortho is in the range of the film material used when the Beau Brownie hit the market in 1930. With the regular ~f/16 aperture of the Brownie it worked well on a sunny afternoon with the doublet lens producing nice pictures.






In case you own a camera which shoots 116 film and would like to use it to take photographs you might be interested in my article series on a 21st century 116 film workflow: