June 24 2009 - Photo Jottings

June 24 2009


Sample photos from Hawkeye added to bottom of review.

I finished the overblown Kodak Brownie Hawkeye review, with the second page containing tear-down, cleaning, re-assembly, and the entire owner’s manual.  The first page has been added to, and has quite a few sample photos, including two full sized scans so you can see the real quality, which may be surprising to some folks.

I see samples images from this camera on Flickr and other photo sharing sites, and it doesn’t appear they are getting the best out of the Hawkeye, meaning shooting with dirty lenses with smudges, plus, most images are in B&W, you know color film works fine in these cameras!  With some care and experimentation, the little Hawkeye is capable of producing some very nice looking photos.

I had some scans of the film taken with this camera, and compared the resolution to a fixed lens camera, check out what a fifty-plus year old, five dollar camera can do!
I’m now returning to some more lens reviews.  Next up; the new Sony 18-55mm kit lens, I’ll be comparing it to the old 18-70mm kit lens.  Then I’ll probably do the Minolta AF 28-135mm F/4-4.5, which is going up in price, now selling for over $400 on eBay, which may be too much, especially if you’re using an APS-C camera, we shall see!
Also, the Lens price guide has been updated.  Except for a couple of select full frame lenses, the prices remain stagnant.  If you’re in the market for a less-expensive Sony lens, now is the time to buy, the prices are dirt cheap.
I’ve added the new Sony lenses to the Sony lens chart. 
Click me for Hawkeye review
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