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.






Kodak Retina Type 117 – Operations

A reader of my post on the Kodak Retina Type 117  asked me to provide some instructions for how to use that camera. Usually in answer to this kind of requests I would send people over to Mike Butkus’ amazing collection of camera manuals. Unfortunatelly there is no manual for the Retina Type 117 in Mike Butkus’ library. So I’ll give you some instructions her and show how to load the camera with film, transport the film, and rewind after all exposures are done. Continue reading “Kodak Retina Type 117 – Operations”