View Full Version : Filpped lens Hawkeye: amazing time machine!

03-10-2009, 04:46 PM
I read about this in the latest LensLeaks magazine: if you flip the lens in a Kodak Hawkeye, there's a nice effect to it.
I had a Hawkeye at hand, and it's indeed just a matter of a few minutes.
And with a 620 spool at the take-up end, a regular 120 film can be used.

This is an example of the first roll I have tried. Encouraging, but not suitable for all subjects.
When I took a picture out of the car, with pale sky above and horizontal forms (the dashboard) below, the effect was hardly noticable :-/

Maybe, after some six years of pinhole, I will get to shoot some film WITH lenses this way :-)

Thanks for this idea goes to Brett Johnson


Additional reply: some new film has been exposed (color), and it's really beautiful, see below Attached files http://f295.f295.org/uploads/hawkeyehektak_1170.jpg (http://f295.f295.org/uploads/hawkeyehektak_1170.jpg)

03-10-2009, 06:18 PM
HI Danny! I read this article, too, and I'm glad you tried it. It looks like a lot of fun!
This strange wood looks like one of those flexible jointed mannequins that artists use to sketch figures. I love the out-of-focus perimeter.

Lately I have been moving away from pinholes and using lenses both in "straight" photography and in more alternative ways (toy cameras, etc) so this appeals very much.

I have a Hawkeye, but I replaced the lens with a slit a couple of years ago. This makes me want to switch it back.
Now, where did I put that lens??? ;D
I'm pretty sure I kept it!

03-11-2009, 05:57 PM
I had a similar result when I put the rear element in a 6x6 Goldeck in back-to-front accidentally. As the shutter and aperture were frozen, I had stripped and cleaned the lens before I ever looked through it. I swore at Ebay for a while, assuming I had a really duff lens, until I realised the glass seemed to curve inwards not outwards... The shot below is one I took of my daughter; I did consider leaving the lens that way after I had found my mistake as it does make nice soft portraits, although not a dramatic as the hawkeye shot (I have just re-furbished my hawkeye too!). I never managed to cure the light-leak the Goldeck suffered around its 'extending tube' that hold the lens (poor man's bellows) so it got converted to a wide-angle pinhole camera instead.

Evan Attached files http://f295.f295.org/uploads/untitledscanned23_7988.jpg (http://f295.f295.org/uploads/untitledscanned23_7988.jpg)

03-15-2009, 02:43 AM
This strange wood looks like one of those flexible jointed mannequins that artists use to sketch figures. I love the out-of-focus perimeter.

Gneissgirl: actualy it's a pattern formed by Hedera (Ivy) growing against and thru a big fence at the back of a car park building.
And it's a perfect subject for the flipped-lens Hawkeye.

I have been wanting to photograph it for years, regularly passing by it when working at that same company. Now I come there regulary for business meetings, and stopped on he way out to get the shot.
Must have been a strange view: a man in business suit standing in the grass, aiming a bakelite thingy at the fence of a car park :-)

Don't search for the lens, just get yourself another Hawkeye, there must be many thousands of them available !

@banana_legs: Maybe you should get antoher Goldeck and do it again, this picture of your daughter is beautiful.....

I have shot some pictures in color at an almost empty fast-food restaurant, if they come out good, i'l post some.


04-13-2009, 05:21 AM
Shot a roll of color film during a short visit to a hamburger restaurant.
I was on the way to some evening presentation at work.

What a great camera, this flipped lens hawkeye: it takes modern color film, and creates beautiful soft-edged soft-colored images!
It's like a time machine, creating nostalgia in pictures...

Danny Attached files http://f295.f295.org/uploads/hawkeyebk2_8824.jpg (http://f295.f295.org/uploads/hawkeyebk2_8824.jpg)

04-13-2009, 05:24 AM
and another one.
I shot a whole roll, and some 6-8 pictures came out good.
Even with the strong colors of this fastfood chain, the colors are rendered nice and held-back.
Danny Attached files http://f295.f295.org/uploads/hawkeyebk1_92.jpg (http://f295.f295.org/uploads/hawkeyebk1_92.jpg)

04-13-2009, 10:42 AM
It's like a time machine, creating nostalgia in pictures...

so, nothing to do with vinyl, chrome, round corner tables...? :P
i tease
the scene and effect work wonderfully together
great angles, great lighting, great colour

04-13-2009, 05:06 PM
The retro-look of the color pictures is great. As toy cam lover I like these kind of pictures very much.

04-14-2009, 08:20 AM
if you flip the lens in a Kodak Hawkeye, there's a nice effect to it.

Which hawkeye? One of the folders with the single element lens I assume? Details on the process please!

04-15-2009, 03:05 PM
Proteus617, it's the Brownie Hawkeye "Flash".
Here's a picture of it.
There are hundreds of thousands of these cameras out there, most of them used as decorative objects.
That's what I intended to do with it until I read the magazine :-)

The lens reversal is done easily, takes less than five minutes and one small phillips head screwdriver.
You loosen two screws, take out the whole inside with film winding mechnism, and flip the lens.
Screw together and you're done.

Only catch: you need an empty 620 spool for taking up the film, the supply side can be standard 120.
Don't forget to ask the empty spool back!
See LightLeaks 12.

Greetings, Danny Attached files http://f295.f295.org/uploads/hawkeye_4587.jpg (http://f295.f295.org/uploads/hawkeye_4587.jpg)

04-15-2009, 06:35 PM
Thanks for the info Danny. Damn, now I want one.

04-20-2009, 01:22 AM
Oh, Danny! The color shots are out-of-this-world! I really love them, especially the first! Granted, the subject matter is perfect!
I did look around for the lens, and didn't find it, and decided to just keep an eye out for another Hawkeye (not actively search for one). Not too much later I was poking around in a place that sells used electronic, optical, etc. stuff and the guy happened to have a nice one for a good price (the only working camera in the place, I'm pretty sure!). I brought it home, gave it its little surgery :) and am about halfway through a roll of color film.
Now I will hurry up and finish the roll. Will post results if there are any that are even remotely as good as these! ;D

04-22-2009, 08:42 AM
reminds me of my digital lens baby ......i have also read about old brass lens if you flip the rear lens you get this result ....

btw the first pic makes me think of lovers entwinned

Doug K
04-22-2009, 09:12 PM
I just got one of these for what people charge for a 620 spool. Beautiful condition in a case, and hardly looks used. Only thing wrong with it is the "Time Slide" doesn't work, though not sure I'll need it. I'm looking forward to trying this out. Thanks for sharing this with us.