The Brownie Flash 620

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  1. smithdan

    smithdan No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    Finally got a chance to play with this one, another rescued old crock that has been hanging around for years.

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    OK, so the flashbulb looks like it came from a fridge but it gives a pretty good idea of the size of a real one. Must have been quite an event when one fired off.

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    With that ugly large flash attachment removed, we have a solid tin box. Lever moves a close up lens into the mix, another offers a Bulb setting as 1/50 sec @ about f8 was too fast for early 50's colour. The wierd little doodad on the side folds out as a rest in portrait aspect.

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    Kodak brags about this shutter lock but the button has to travel all the way down to do its thing so accidentally wasting a frame not too probable. Camera movement while shooting is however.

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    Slide a latch on the bottom and the thing comes apart for feeding. A tripod mount is thoughtfully included as well.


    The viewfinder and shutter release took some practice to get used to. Fed it a roll of re-spooled Acros 100, cranked a tripod (used it mostly folded as support) on the bottom and went out on a fairly bright overcast late afternoon.

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    Pumphouse

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    Farmall "A" ( yellow (Y2) filter helped with this one)

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    Not recommended for wildlife photography!

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    Homestead

    Expected that "Brownie softness" but surprised with what this early 50's box came up with.


     
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    vintagesnaps Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    The bolts make it look like something out of Frankenstein's laboratory. Love it! You got some fine pictures with it.
     
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    I love the flash attachment !
    Very nice photos too, made with this old gear.
    I possess a camera with a similar design but without the flash feature.
    A "Six 20 Brownie Special".
    Distances are not in feet but in metres
    I never tested it .

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    On these cameras, there is a small rotary tab on the body side.
    It helps to keep the camera horizontal when installed on a table.

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    Awesome. I would love to shoot a portrait with that flash just to see the reaction.
     
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    Nice one Dany. Interesting that the distances are metric and the wording english. Wonder what market this model was made for.
     
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    It would most likely set the photog's hair on fire too.
     
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    Even better, it may grow back curly and make my wife even more attracted to me....
     

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