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:
The Superb is a 6×6 medium format TLR camera, introduced by Voigtländer in 1933 featuring a f/3.5 F=7.5cm Voigtländer Anastigmat Skopar in a Compur shutter with times from 1 sec. to 1/250 sec plus T and B.
Ergonomics of the camera are amazing, all settings from aperture to exposure time and focus distance can be modified by looking down the camera front from above.
A very interesting detail is how the shutter time setting is “projected” upwards to be visible from above: the time labels are in mirror writing when viewed from the front, a small prism reflects them to be readable from above.
The last feature I would like to mention is the parallax compensation of the viewfinder. The complete finder chamber including viewing lens and mirror is tilted downwards when the focus distance is reduced. This way the image in the viewfinder is as close to what the taking lens sees as possible.
A second model of the Superb followed in 1934 and in addition to the Skopar was also available with a f/3.5 Voigtländer Heliar. All features of the first model besides the lens remained the same. The only visible change were the strap connectors which replaced the strap “ears” of the first model.
The Ansco Memo is a 35mm half-frame camera introduced in 1927. It uses Ansco’s proprietary film cassettes (the nowadays well-known 135 cartridge was still seven years away). Continue reading “Ansco Memo”→
Ernemann’s Klapp cameras were strut folding plate cameras for plate sizes 6.5 x 9 cm, 9 x 12 cm, 8 x 10.5 cm, 10 x 15 cm and 4 x 5 “. Built from 1901 to 1924, all models feature a focal plane shutter, a folding newton finder, and a focusable lens. Continue reading “Ernemann Klapp”→
The Agfa Click-I was the very first camera I took pictures with. Long time ago, of course, when I was a little child. The Click is a simple bakelite camera perfect suited for a beginner in photography. I remember I took black and white pictures only because color film and color prints were quite expensive in the 1970s. Continue reading “Agfa Click-I”→
Agfa Standard cameras are a range of folding cameras, some models for plates and pack film, and others for roll film. They were made by Agfa from about 1926 until the 1930s. All of them are easily identified by the name ‘Standard’ below the lens and shutter. Continue reading “Agfa Standard 120 Rollfilm”→
Kodak’s No.2 Beau Brownie is a box camera for 120 film. The camera was designed by Walter Dorwin Teague, the front face is of two-tone enamel and shows a typical Art Deco design. Continue reading “Kodak No.2 Beau Brownie”→
The Asahi Pentax 6×7 is what I call an SLR on steroids. It looks like a regular SLR for 35 mm film has been pumped up in size to use 120 roll film. Negative size is 6 x 7 cm giving the camera it’s name. Continue reading “Asahi Pentax 6×7”→
The Speed Graphic is a real icon in camera history and probably the most famous press camera ever. The first Speed Graphic cameras where produced by Graflex in Rochester, New York, in 1912. Production of later models continued until 1973. Until the mid-1960s a Speed Graphic was the standard equipment for many press photographers. Continue reading “Graflex Anniversary Speed Graphic 4×5”→
The Horizont is a Russian panoramic camera made by Krasnogorski Mekhanicheskii Zavod (KMZ) between 1967 and 1973. With it’s panning f/2.8 F=28mm lens it covers an angle of 120° and shoots 24 x 58 mm negatives on 135 film. Continue reading “KMZ Horizont Panoramic”→
The Pilot was made between 1931 and 1937 by Kamera-Werkstätten Guthe & Thorsch in Dresden, Germany, and takes 3 x 4 cm images on 127 film. It is one of the rare folding twin lens reflex cameras. Continue reading “K.W. Pilot”→