Box Brownie and Weston Master Light Meter  by Nigel Bangert

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Box Brownie Camera:
All information borrowed from The Brownie Camera Page maintained by Chuck Baker. An excellent site giving information and history about this camera.
The No.2 Brownie is significant in that it was the first camera to use 120 roll film. It started production being made of leatherette covered card and, from 1924, changed to a metal box. A very simple camera with a very dependable shutter shutter. It has two sliding mechanisms on the top, one for a bulb, or time setting, and the other for a choice of 3 apertures. It also has two small reflecting finders for vertical or horizontal shots.
Type: Box rollfilm
Introduced: Oct 1901
Discontinued: 1935
Film size: 120
Picture size: 2 1/4 X 3 1/4"
Manufactured: US, Canada, and from 1928-1935 in the UK
Lens: Meniscus
Shutter: Rotary
Numbers made: over 2,500,000 before 1921
Light Meter:
Sangamo Weston was the company that made the Weston Master series of Selenium meters.
Sangamo Weston LTD.
Type: Master II Universal exposure meter S141/735
Sensor: Selenium
Year: 1945

Taken with a Nikon D3100 using a Nikkor 18-55 zoom.

Article about the Box Brownie in Northern Landscape Magazine.


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The lenses are either Nikkor or Sigma or a Tamron 60mm Macro. I also have a small collection of vintage cameras.
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  • Thomas Eggert
    Thomas Eggertover 1 year ago

    Wonderful still life and information Nigel….Sometimes I miss the thrill of the darkroom waiting for the film to be developed and to see the images etched into the drying film…..the 120 film made for nice big and clear images also….Thank you for the step down memory lane :))))))

  • Thanks very much. My dad used one of these and developed the film himself when he was a lad! I was really pleased with the images I’ve posted from my first film.

    – Nigel Bangert

  • Colin J Williams Photography
    Colin J Willia...over 1 year ago

    Brilliant Work !

  • Thanks very much, I enjoy playing around with old cameras.

    – Nigel Bangert

  • Evita
    Evita9 months ago

    Beautiful work!!!

    Click on the link below to view your feature and congratulate your fellow artists
    Still Life Fine Art and Food Photography ~ FEATURE GALLERY ~ December 13th, 2013

  • Thank you very much for featuring my work, I really appreciate it.

    – Nigel Bangert

  • paintingsheep
    paintingsheep9 months ago

    Beautiful!! Congratulations on your Feature in Still Life Fine Art!!! Gena

  • Thank you very much, I love old cameras and equipment, all this still works and is still used the camera was built in about 1939 and the light meter around the 1960’s I think. I wonder how many digital cameras will stand the test of time.

    – Nigel Bangert

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