Sprocket-y Goodness with a Kodak Brownie 127


Looking through the review articles I was surprised to find nobody has done a review of the Kodak Brownie 127 model, particularly as it lends itself so well to taking 35mm film.

On the recent Lomo Roadshow in Manchester, I stumbled upon a lovely (if slightly overpriced) second hand shop named Retitled. Alongside their collection of original Lomo Smena Symbol cameras, they had some lovely Kodak Brownie 127 cameras from the 1960s and I was transfixed. The man that runs the shop and his wife are total Brownie enthusiasts, which I myself was not. Hearing him talk about these lovely little bakelite cameras is kind of infectious and it is impossible to leave the shop not wanting one. As it was my birthday, my lovely other half treated me to one of the pricier models which had never been used and came with a carry case and original Kodak instruction book.

Credits: kneehigh85

The man in the shop turned out not to be just a mere enthusiast, but also a bit of a Brownie crusader! He sells the cameras with a roll of 35mm film and shows the buyer how to load it, how to shoot with it, how far to turn it between frames and loads of other tips. He also takes groups out around Manchester shooting as part of a Brownie 127/35mm film workshop on a Sunday morning once a month. He LOVES these cameras. And as a result I LOVED buying one from him. I took my camera out and around Leeds and then on to the Lomo Trip in Brighton to see how it fared.

Credits: kneehigh85

The only problem I encountered was knowing how far to turn the advance wheel so that you didn’t multiple expose too many times. The guy in Retitled was a bit fan on the overlapping panoramic images that this camera produces and I was pretty pleased with how my first few attempts came out.

Credits: kneehigh85

I would recommend this camera as a cheap alternative to anyone who loves those gorgeous sprocket holes. You can pick them up on ebay for next to nothing but for those people in Manchester I think the extra expense is worth it just to talk to Mr Brownie and his lovely lady wife!

written by kneehigh85 on 2011-07-21 in #reviews #35mm #old #sprockets #vintage #kodak-brownie #chunky #film-camera #overlap #lomography #user-review #panorama


  1. thewretched
    thewretched ·

    I have just sent my 35mm film off for development! Was gonna write an article but you have beaten me to it! :P

  2. hello-alexander
    hello-alexander ·

    Fantastic article! I live in Manchester and will definitely check this out.

  3. hello-alexander
    hello-alexander ·

    Is this place in Afflecks Palace?

  4. kneehigh85
    kneehigh85 ·

    @thewretched sorry about that! I was very very excited, you should do one anyway - you photos might come out better than mine have.

  5. kneehigh85
    kneehigh85 ·

    @hello-alexander sorry I dont know Manchester very well so I can't really tell you. I have just google it and it says N4 Arcade, Oldham Street. I remember it was next to a Cyberdog type clubwear shop which you can see from the outside.

  6. chabankuh
    chabankuh ·

    Do you know if this technique will work in other 127 film brownies? I have a brownie holiday that I would really like to use .

  7. mr-korn
    mr-korn ·

    That's one Delicious looking brownie!

  8. laylara
    laylara ·

    awesome! i see these cameras all the time but didn't know i could run 35mm through it. thanks for posting this!

  9. easilydistracted
    easilydistracted ·

    ohhh, I hae one of these but I haven't tried it yet... I love the story abotu the brownie enthusiast though, I love them too but I wouldn't know where to start with using the 35mm film in one, perhaps I need to go see him too

  10. weleasewoger72
    weleasewoger72 ·

    Brilliant article. I have the same Brownie. Will try this out. I also have the colt 44 brownie which is smaller and will try to figure out if you could run 35mm film thru' that camera as well.

  11. nattykins
    nattykins ·

    Thank you for the inspiration. I will call in to Retitle next time Im in Manchester for workshop details. I found a youtube video showing how to put the film in the camera, so Ive given it a try and now to just see the results!

  12. diy
    diy ·

    Great article! I also got a Kodak Brownie from that shop. I didn't know about the once a month things and would love to go onto one! My first roll of film turned out badly as i forgot to cover the the small hole at the back do'h!

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