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Kodak EastmanBrownie Hawkeye Flash Model

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by bill339 » Sat Feb 14, 2015 7:09 am

The Kodak Brownie Hawkeye camera was very popular back in the 1950s, and sold like hot-cakes for over a decade. They were cheap, easy to use, and produced sharp 3 1/2” x 3 1/2” prints taken from about 10' to infinity with the non-focusing, internal lens. Baby Boomers and even younger people are getting acquainted with the camera their parents or grandparents used.
The Kodak Brownie Hawkeye camera was made for 620 medium format film, which is no longer commercially available. 120 film is still available, and is exactly the same as 620 film, the only difference is in the size of the spools and the 120 film can be transferred to the 620 spool.
The camera was introduced in 1950 for $7.00 and the last one was made in July of 1961. A non-synchronized model was produced from May 1949 to November of 1951 known as simply the Brownie Hawkeye and the camera was also produced in France with the name Brownie Flash Camera. It has a Meniscus lens, Rotary shutter, and accepts a wide range of Kodak pin and screw flash attachments. This beautiful camera was designed by Arthur H. Crapsey, the designer of many popular Kodak cameras of that era.

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