Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Kodak Brownie Bull's-Eye 620 camera

Blog by Michael Raso

1954 Kodak Brownie Bull's-Eye Camera

A few weeks ago I acquired a 1954 Kodak Brownie Bull’s-Eye camera from a local seller. It’s actually the second Bull’s-Eye camera that I own. The first in black Bakelite plastic (pictured above), the second is featured in my You Tube video below.

The camera takes 620 roll film, has a fixed 1/50th Sec Shutter at f11 and was “designed by Arthur H Crapsey (who also designed the highly successful Kodak Brownie Star series). The body featured an eye-level viewfinder and a large shutter-release button on the front vertical edge, in front of the winding knob. It was available in black (with light-gray winding knob, focus & shutter-release)- from 1954-1958, or a beige color (called "gold", with black controls) from 1958-1960”

I took a bit of a gamble by loading and shooting with a roll of Tower black & white film that expired in October 1963. Tower was Sears and Roebucks “house brand” film. Al Kaplan on said (of Tower film) – “I think that the (Tower) B&W film is most likely made by Gavaert, a Belgian company. They merged with Agfa towards the late 1960's. They made a film of about that that was widely available under private labels.”

Kodak Brownie Bull's-Eye / Tower 620 Film
above: John Fedele shooting our Kodak Brownie Bull’s-Eye video on his iPhone. Tower 620 film (image shot 11/17/2010 – film expired 10/1963)

Kodak Brownie Bull's-Eye / Tower 620 Film
above: Staples in Wayne, NJ. Shot the same day on the same roll of Tower 620 film

Please don’t think that the images captured on the extremely expired Tower film represents the image capability of the Brownie Bull’s-Eye. Experimentation with other film stocked yielded brilliant 6x9 photos as seen below.

Analog Edit
above: Film Photography Podcast video editor Joe Kolbek. Kodak Brownie Bull’s-Eye camera / Kodak Ektachrome 100 plus

1954 Kodak Brownie Bull's-Eye Camera Test
above: Grace Chapel First Reformed Church / Kodak Brownie Bull’s-Eye camera / Fujicolor HR100

Images © 2010 Michael Raso

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1 comment:

  1. Looks similar to the Brownie Starlet that I'm looking for.