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01-02-2021, 03:08 PM - 3 Likes   #1
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Found! Mint condition Beacon II ("Hightech" - c1940's 1950's)

Cleaning up an old house and we found that very high tech Beacon II camera in a small box deep in a closet!
That little camera is in MINT condition!!! The (accessory) flash -also in mint condition - was probably purchased separately at the time of acquiring it by whomever.
Searching (Google)... :

" The Beacon II Camera was manufactured from approximately 1947 to 1955 by Whitehouse Products Inc., of Brooklyn New York. Like the original Beacon camera, the Beacon II was made of plastic bakelite with a built-in view finder. The Beacon II was improved with the addition of an optional synchronized flash, that made it resemble a light house, making the name more appropriate. It was capable of capturing sixteen color or black and white exposures on number 127 roll film. It was fitted with an two optically ground 46mm Whitmar coated and color corrected lenses and a simple instantaneous shutter providing a single speed of approximately 1/50 and also time setting. It featured a safety lock shutter to prevent accidental exposures, a red window to view exposure count. It was originally priced at $9.95 for the camera with an additional $4.95 for the flash unit."

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Gosh, cool little camera. So now that you've found it what are your plans? Gifting it a roll of film seems appropriate. Posting some results here seems just as appropriate.
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Gosh, cool little camera. So now that you've found it what are your plans? Gifting it a roll of film seems appropriate. Posting some results here seems just as appropriate.
Yeah .... I'll have to find a roll of 127.
Looking forward to testing it.
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QuoteOriginally posted by jpzk Quote
Yeah .... I'll have to find a roll of 127.
Looking forward to testing it.
127 film - Google Shopping

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Thanks for the hint !!
There are a lot to choose from. I also read in the little booklet that comes with the camera that one can use Kodacolor film.
Imagine! Colour prints with that little thing of the 40's-50's.
Anyway, I'll probably order a roll of B&W and color ... if I can find the latter.
Any suggestions?

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Nice find, hope it works, but either way it will look great sitting on a shelf too.
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Nice find, hope it works, but either way it will look great sitting on a shelf too.
Hope it does too !
It will eventually be sitting next to the other "oldies" ....indeed, up on the shelf.
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What fun! One can find 127 film or maybe convert the camera to use 35mm.


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What fun! One can find 127 film or maybe convert the camera to use 35mm.


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Interesting option: could you then use "slide" film?
Is this a reversible option: convert to 35mm then you'd want it back to 127 film?
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Interesting option: could you then use "slide" film?
Is this a reversible option: convert to 35mm then you'd want it back to 127 film?
It would depend on the camera and the film chamber design. I have a Yashica 44 TLR that takes 127 film and for that camera a temporary conversion to 35mm is possible.


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