Brownie No.2A Folding Camera

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I recently acquired a Brownie No. 2-a folder, and a feature about it seems to be a bit odd. It doesn't have a front element to the lens. I searched all over for examples of this camera, and I am getting about a mixed lot of some that HAVE front elements, and some that dont. I can't determine if my lens is broken/missing, or if this particular incarnation didn't feature or need a front element.

Any information at all would be helpful, as this camera is new to my collection.
 

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Some of Kodak's cameras were offered with a choice of lenses at various price levels. Some of these lenses, like the Kodet, were very simple designs with only one or two elements. With a simple lens like these there are only two places you can put the shutter -- in front of it or behind it. In some cases Kodak put the shutter in front of the lens so it appears that the front portion of the lens is missing.
 
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So in other words, I could possibly be able to start taking pictures with this thing now? This pleases me!

I took apart and cleaned up the viewfinder last night and it works well.
 

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Yes. Take off the back, point it to the light and fire the shutter just to make sure it's not hanging up.
 
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It's not. I checked that.

I did overlook one detail, however. The camera is unfortunately 116, a completely dead format. Oh well. I will have a great deal of fun restoring it and keeping it on my shelf to look at.
 

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Not really dead. Google 116 film. It's pretty easy to rig it to shoot 120. You just need some washers and plastic anchors.
 

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Sweet. I have a 2c Jr.. unfortunately, it uses 130 size film, which nobody makes anymore..I've been planning to modify it to shoot 120, but just haven't gotten around to it.


Kodak Autographic 2-C Jr. by bhop, on Flickr
 

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Now these are what I call REAL cameras!! And yes, contrary to popular belief, 116 film is indeed still available today. Here's a photo of my pride and joy; a 1917 Autographic 1A in pristine condition, both cosmetically and mechanically; every bit as lovely as the day it was made 95 years ago. (complete with original "autographic" stylus)

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Proteus617 said:
Yes. Take off the back, point it to the light and fire the shutter just to make sure it's not hanging up.

Hello! I also recently received this same camera. Unfortunately, my shutter only works about one of every thirty times I try to use it. Any suggestions?
 

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The camera is unfortunately 116, a completely dead format. Oh well. I will have a great deal of fun restoring it and keeping it on my shelf to look at.

Not really a problem. You can load it with 120 film, simply using 4 cut-off wall plugs to extend the 120 spool.

Here is how I did that with my own Kodak No 1a Pocket Camera.

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