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Pictures with a 103 years old camera!
Lens: Meniscus Camera: Kodak Brownie No2A Model B ~1918 Photo Location: San Sebastian, Puerto Rico ISO: 100 
Posted By: ismaelg, 10-20-2021, 08:16 AM

X-posted from this restoration thread:
102 years old camera with a surprise! -

Long story short, I restored a 1918 camera and used it!

Just got the online scans. The negatives will be back in about a week or so.
These are straight scans from Dwayne's and I did not touch them other than adding the information underneath. I'm sure careful scanning can yield even better results.

These are all 5 exposures. Happy to report none was a waste. With careful planning and more experience, it may be possible to squeeze 6 frames out of a 120 roll.

I first tested the No2 Portrait Adapter accessory:

My favorite place. Honestly even a potato can take a good picture here

I think the slight softness on this one could be attributed to camera shake on a long exposure. It would be 6 more years before they added tripod sockets to these (1924)

Probably my favorite

I knew this was going to be underexposed as the sun was already setting, but it turned out better than I thought.

I took one and did some tweaking in Photoshop.

Conclusion: I AM VERY HAPPY!!!!

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Congratulations on restoring that magic box!
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Just beware, do not make adjustments to the shutter when on an airplane
You might find yourself face down on the pavement.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Lowell Goudge Quote
Just beware, do not make adjustments to the shutter when on an airplane
You might find yourself face down on the pavement.

Congratulations on the water Falls.


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Great project restoring an old piece of equipment to perfect working condition!
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You don't need the latest and the greatest to take photos. Being able to restore and use a 103 year old camera is quite an accomplishment. Thanks for posting the images.
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Not the sharpest images, but damned sharp for its day. Thank you for posting!

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As my family's genealogist, I have collected many photographs taken on brownie cameras, and these do look in line with what I've seen. Your exposure settings and focus are better than many - I'm sure you've had a lot more practice with photography in general than the people originally using brownie cameras.
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I just received a cheap 120 film adapter for my ancient scanner and did a test.
The images are way bigger than the commercial scans!
It seems they were cropped as the machine is most likely set for a standard aspect ratio.
Here is my own scan of the landscape image:

WOW! What a difference!
This also reinforces our comments about the focal length been "wide-ish normal"
What a revelation!

Here are 2 more. Working on the rest as it is quite time consuming.
The softness/blur (especially on the last one) is most likely camera shake as the camera has no tripod socket. It is challenging to hold steady.

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That's cool! Thanks for posting.
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Now that's a very special series! Great job on the restoartion and many thanks for sharing!

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