Exposure-#2 folding pocket Brownie

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I have a #2 Folding Pocket Brownie from about 1907-1911, which I would like to use, as it is in perfect order. It only has "Instantaneous" shutter speed (plus bulb, of course) and three exposure settings, marked (wait for it!) 1,2 and 3. Does anyone know what this might correspond to in modern terms, or can you offer me any advice at all on using this lovely looking camera?

-- Ross Clark (eceabat@hotmail.com), September 05, 2001


Hi, Ross, Congratulations on having such a wonderful camera. I have a copy of the Kodaker's Bible, "How to Make Good Pictures", 26th edition, from 1940, and I now quote from it to answer your question: "The markings 1, 2, 3, and 4 on some single lens folding cameras are merely arbitrary figures though they correspond, roughly, with f.11, f.16, f.22, and f.32." Hope this helps! So obviously you have a camera with a "slow" lens, so sunny days and fast film will be your best bet. Best of luck, and have fun with your "new" camera!

-- Peter Lutz (mariner8378@hotmail.com), September 08, 2001.

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