This is my Kodak Brownie Hawkeye Flash (BHF). You don’t get an idea of scale from these photographs but it’s surprisingly cute.
It only takes 620 film – the plastic spools on the modern 120 films are too big to fit into the camera. But respooling the 120 film onto old 620 spools in a lightproof changing bag doesn’t take too long at all.
I bought this camera off ebay. I removed the two lower screws from the front plate and was able to clean the viewfinders and the lens cover. You can find cleaning instructions here which also give a bit more information about this the BHF. I didn’t remove the top two screws off the front plate as I didn’t want to mess about with glue if the threads got ruined in the process. Here is a second set of these cleaning instructions.
I mail ordered some Bakelite polish called Bake-O-Bryte from Radiophile Magazine to clean the body of the camera. I’m assured it’s the same stuff as “Polish Paste No 5” which was used for cleaning telephones. You may find it under either of these names. For me in the UK Radiophile was the cheapest. Don’t be tempted to clean your bakelite with anything else. Most cleaners are too harsh and once you strip the top surface off you’ll never get it back again! The bakelite polish did make it a bit cleaner and certainly more shiny.
As I write I have only put one roll of film through my BHF. It was a 400asa colour film. I didn’t have a great deal of success with the first film but now I have a better idea of how to use the camera next time I hope for better results.
Here’s a photo I took with my Brownie Hawkeye Flash:
I hope I get to show you more photos taken with this camera in time!