The Kodak Baby Brownie


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Sep 1, 2012
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Promised myself a year ago not to drag home any more cameras until I had shot at least one roll in the dust gatherers that I already have. This tiny film waster was hiding so well among the usual abandoned Instamatics that I almost missed it.

It's small, not much larger than a spool of 127

Unlatching gives two bakelite castings. Metal bits are the shutter assembly, a winder knob and spring thingys to help the film stay tight, the body latch, the lens enclosure and a folding viewfinder held on with a tiny rivet that had pulled out of it's home.

...Just too cute not to take home..

127 rollfilm can be had from suppliers at a price too steep for this old guy so an expired roll of 120 was cut and fiddled to fit. The camera takes 8 exposures, 4x6 cm. just large enough for contact prints so avoiding the cost of enlarging which was extra when this camera was young. Dusty bits on the inside of the lens were hard to remove. Gently prying the ring holding the lens looked somewhat dangerous and there is no B setting to allow a Q-tip to do it's thing.

So here's what this sylish lump of art deco bakelite came up with. FP4 D76 1:1



Lots of that "Brownie softness", rapidly turning to fuzzy corners


Probably designed to favour distances of 8 -10 feet.


..or not


with a handheld yellow filter to bring out the clouds


didn't appreciate the sun in it's eye


so the other side of the portch with a close-up attachment from my Starflash days, and a crop.
Very nice small piece of bakelite.
Two versions of this camera were marketed at the time.
The standard version presented here by Smithdan
And a version dedicated to export with a small button above the lens used to switch between Instant and time exposure.
The standard version was produced between 1934 and 1941
The export version made in America was produced between 1936 and 1939
The camera has been manufactured also in Great Britain between 1948 and 1952. The button appeared on this variant in 1951.
Eastman Kodak - Baby Brownie export.jpg

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