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Kodak HD power flash single use Camera review

Check out the latest film camera review, this time it's the swell Kodak HD power flash model.  True artists will appreciate this little marvel far more than any digital delight, as it produces an original image that you can hold in your hand and of course cherish for a lifetime!!

All things considered, it's a fun camera, and takes decent snaps, see the full size samples inside the review.

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Century old snapshot from Marblehead MA

Greetings from the corner of Mugsford and Washington st!  I thought I'd display another sample from my glass plate negative collection, (this one is tiny for back in the day, but considered large by today's standards), it measures exactly 2¼ x 3¼" (6x9).  Our Georgian style Isaac Mansfield designed subject is The Old Town house in Marblehead Massachusetts, built in 1727, more info here.  I'm guessing the image was probably taken in the teens to early 1920s as the car on the left suggests; looks like a

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Where there’s fun, there’s a snapshot…

So says the box of the iconic Crapsey designed Kodak Brownie Hawkeye.  I reviewed this camera about 8 years ago on the old site, and it still gets quite a few reads after all these years.  The little Hawkeyes are  a lot of fun, and very simple to use; look through the viewfinder, and press the shutter button!!  Go to the review to see how to get the best out of the Kodak Brownie Hawkeye.  I've also covered how to take them apart for cleaning and fixing any problems; this is about as simple as a camera gets. They're pretty inexpensive on ebay; get one for about $5-15 plus shipping.

Although not really a 're-post' to this site, I did freshen it up by formatting the article properly, adding a couple more large images, making some corrections based on additional use, and added some links for the camera, and 620 film, which is making a comeback!

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Updated Fuji GSW690III reveiw

I've updated the Fuji GSW690III 65mm F/5.6 review to reflect more thorough use and additional knowledge, which includes correcting a few minor errors.  I've also added a couple of pictures and made direct links to full size images.  With the right film, this camera will easily out resolve any current Sony camera, or Nikon and Canon for that matter, So if you're looking for a lot of resolution and have a good solid grasp of film use, these Fuji models are the ones to get.

There are two basic models, one with a 65mm F/5.6 lens, the other has a 90mm F/3.5. The 65mm is wide angle in 6x9 format, it covers about the same as a 28mm in 135 format (or 35mm camera), the 90mm is a more 'normal' lens, covering about 41mm in 135 format.

Check out the full review; oddly, it's the most popular page on the site, that's why I've updated it!

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Let’s stroll through a camera store…in 1938!

Come on in and check out our folding and box cameras, enlargers, splicers and photographic publications, especially the ones on the top shelf.  While you're here, don't forget that post card Kodak 122 film, or maybe a roll film developing kit?

This wonderful Moulin studio image was taken inside a Camera Craft store in San Francisco, CA on April fools day 4/1, 1938 for Mr E.R. Young.  I bought this 8x10" Defender Safety base negative and scanned it on an Epson flatbed scanner.  Amazing how sharp the image is using 80 year old technology; you'd be hard pressed to get more resolution from a modern day high end digital camera.

As I look at the products for sale back then, I'm reminded that I own quite a few of them now, my collection contains many of the folding cameras you see on the shelves in the back, and the Kodak Rangefinder, extinction meters, filters etc in the display cases below the cameras....

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Kodak Brownie Hawkeye Flash Model Review

Introduction.

“Where there’s fun, there’s a snapshot.” The Kodak Brownie Hawkeye camera was very popular back in the 1950s, and sold like hot-cakes for over a decade.  They were cheap, easy to use, and produced sharp 3½ x 3½ prints from about 10′ to infinity with the non-focusing, internal meniscus lens.  Baby Boomers and even younger people are getting acquainted …

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