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Kodak Brownie 127 Roll Film Camera (Dakon lens)

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Brand Kodak
Model Brownie 127
Format 127
Storage types Roll Film
Battery Description None

Condition: Very Good

Kodak Brownie 127 Roll Film Camera (Dacon lens)

Great Condition, c/w neck cord

 General Kodak Brownie 127 Information

 The Kodak Brownie 127 is a plastic box camera for eight 4x6 cm pictures on 127 film, made in England by Kodak Ltd. It was an extremely popular snapshot camera in Britain. From its introduction in 1952, over a million had been made by August 1954, and the series continued to sell many more millions. A few (~263,000) of the first model were exported to the US in 1953-4, where they were badged Brownie Starlet, not to be confused with the more common Brownie Starlet.

The camera has a plastic meniscus lens, identified as a 'Dakon' in the second model, with no aperture or focus controls, and a single-speed shutter (the speed is about 1/50 second; there is not even 'B'). The only controls are the film advance (a wide flat knob at the left hand side) and the shutter release button. The camera has a reverse-Galilean viewfinder.

The first version of the camera is made of a dark brown Bakelite-type plastic and has a rounded shape, especially when seen from above. This shape follows naturally from the curved path of the film, allowing for the curved field of the simple lens. The film carrier mechanism and viewfinder are attached to the top of the camera, which lifts out from the body for loading (when released by a catch in the base). The lens and shutter are mounted in the body section. The sides are moulded in a broad horizontal striped pattern, and there are shallow steps each side of the viewfinder. The body of the second version is very similar, but moulded in a vertical ribbed texture on the sides, and it has a flatter top. There were other small changes of faceplate and detailing; some cameras have cream controls, later models having grey. A white version, with a silver top, was made and only sold in Jersey in the Channel Islands - in c.1959; it was not successful, as the colour dirtied very easily. McKeown states that fakes of this rare variant have been made by painting the regular camera.

The third 'Brownie 127' is a completely different camera. It is made from grey plastic, with flat sides and angular corners. It makes twelve 4x4cm images on a roll of film. The shutter on this model has double-exposure prevention and is synchronised for flash, and a shoe for a special Kodak flash-holder (introduced for the Instamatic range) was added to the top. The shutter release is a large white square button on the front, beside the viewfinder.

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Looking after your camera

Use a Camera Bag

A camera bag does more than just protect the camera against scratches and dust: It keeps it safe from rain because many are waterproof on the outside.

Be Very Careful Around the LCD Screen and Camera Lens

Use only special equipment to clean your camera’s LCD screen and camera lens. Buy a special cleaning kit that includes liquid solutions, microfiber cloths and brushes that have been specially designed to clean your camera lens.

Never Leave Your Batteries in Your Camera for Too Long
Many camera batteries are now alkaline or lithium formats. If you keep your camera with the batteries inside of it in a moist area, then the batteries can get corrosive. So if you’re thinking about just putting your camera on the shelf for several months, do yourself a favor and remove them.

Turn Your Camera Off Prior to Doing Anything

Before you do anything to your camera, always keep in mind that it should be turned off first. No matter what it is—swapping lenses, changing memory cards or disconnecting or attaching cables—your camera should be turned off.

Cold and Wet Weather Can Wreak Havoc on Your Camera Body
Take your camera out only in a waterproof bag. If the weather’s unusually cold, just wrap your camera in a plastic bag that has silica desiccant packets for the reduction of moisture. It’s also a smart idea to have a soft towel with you to wipe off any moisture, just in case it should get on your camera.

Good Memory Card Care Is Good Camera Care

Only transport your memory cards inside of a protective caseMake sure the memory cards stay dust-free at all times. When removing memory cards, make sure you do so indoors or in non-dusty situations.
Make sure that you keep memory cards only in cool places. Never keep them in places where they may heat up, like dashboards or glove compartments.
Never place your memory cards close to magnetic sources. Examples of magnetic sources are things such as audio speakers, TV monitors and actual magnets.

Use a Filter to Protect Your Camera Lens

The lens of your camera is naturally fragile. As such, it’s susceptible to scratches, cracks, dents…you name it. A UV filter will not only will you give your lens a fighting chance, but you’ll also enhance the quality of your pictures.

Condensation Can Be Controlled

Condensation normally happens when you move your camera between different temperatures.
Allow your camera a chance to naturally get used to the hotter environment. Don’t place it inside a closed plastic bag when transporting it between different temperatures! Just let the camera sit in the humid temperature for a while, until condensation disappears.
If this still doesn’t get rid of all of it, you can utilize a soft cloth to wipe away any remaining moisture and marks left behind from the condensation.