View Full Version : Best Brownie For Pinhole

11-05-2005, 08:36 AM
What is considered to be the best Brownie model for a pinhole camera? *Also, can anyone please provide some instructions on how to convert a Brownie into a pinhole? *

Many thanks!!

11-05-2005, 09:47 AM
Kodak made cameras named Brownie for most of the 20th century, and as far as I know, you can make any of them into a pinhole camera. If I were searching for a Brownie to convert, I would look for a 120 film sized folder or box camera. Daryl Duckworth has good camera conversion info on his website - here is a link to converting a vintage box camera:


joetat posted some box camera modification stuff on this link:


Folding cameras are pretty easy to convert - you can usually remove the rings that hold the lenses in and put a pinhole it the same spot, with no further modifications.

11-05-2005, 03:04 PM
the best one is the one you actually have and the second best one is the one you can get
as earl says it'll be easier if it takes 120 film rather than an obsolete format
and whether you like the box or folding brownie you can generally find an equivalent from another maker...

BTW. is it the box or folding type you had your eye on...
There's been a bit of swapping, selling and giving away recently so if you give more detail about what you're after, and if you're very lucky, someone here might be able to help you out... ?

11-05-2005, 03:47 PM
Most folders are even easier than Earl says -- because on most folders, you can unscrew the lens glass from the shutter, front and back, and use the original shutter (which includes a B setting and cable release socket, even on the bottom-end Brownie folders, because film was so slow when Brownies folded).

Better to do this, anyway, BTW, because in most folders the bellows is held to the front standard by the shutter retaining ring; remove the shutter, and the bellows will no longer be attached to the standard. However, a bellows is a potential problem area, because when they're anywhere from forty to a hundred years old, they're pretty likely to have light leaks.

Any box camera is very easy to convert, and will give a nice, "normal" focal length that lets you use the original viewfinder(s) to compose. The bad news is, most Brownie box cameras used 620 film, and some don't convert to 120 at all well. Ansco box cameras take 120, however, convert just as easily, and are just as cheap.