Firing up the folding Brownie

Duncan Waldron

Camira, Australia

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Having brought the Victorian camera to life, it was time to bring my Folding Brownie Six-20 back into service. This is an altogether more modern camera, dating from 1937-40. Still, it’s pretty basic, with no focusing, and just ‘I’ and ‘B’ shutter settings, the shutter release being a pretty fiddly little lever between the lens and the front strut. Not the easiest camera to use. The lens is a simple, single element meniscus; a later variation of the camera offered a better lens and shutter, plus ability to focus.

620 film is no longer available, so options for using a camera such as this are: rewind 120 film on to a 620 spindle, or load with single sheets of film or enlarging paper; I chose the latter, having now got the exposure & processing nicely nailed down. With normal film, even the slow materials that would have been around 70 years ago, the ‘I’ shutter speed would have been fine for pictures in daylight. With the slow paper, and the estimated aperture of f/16, the exposure needed was about 1/4 second – too long to hand hold, but long enough to manage on the ‘B’ setting.

Development as before

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