Inspired as well by old family photos of cars shot on a Brownie, I picked up a 1926 Brownie No. 2 Model F for cheap on eBay. The Model F was the first Brownie to have an aluminum case instead of a cardboard one, but it retained the No. 2’s original 1901-technology rotary shutter and three-stop aperture control. It shoots 120 film, still readily available today and easily processed. I brought my Brownie to the Arse Sweat-a-Palooza 24 Hours of Lemons race, where I was working as an official, and shot a few 8-exposure rolls of film with it. The results, as seen in the gallery above, were quite good for 116-year-old technology (granted, modern film is much more sensitive than the stuff used in the old days).
First camera I ever used was my grandfather’s Brownie 🙂