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If, somewhere, there is a home for broken cameras who have loyally served their owners throughout the years, these three would deserve a spot. So, I'm selling these together at one low price to help them find a nice, caring home where they can live together happily ever after.

These cameras are all in various states of functionality, so I'll go through them one by one. First up is the Ansco Readyflash. The problem this camera is having is that its shutter can be a little sticky, although when I just tested it out now, it actually seems to be firing okay. So, maybe this one is actually usable! Cosmetically, it's in decent condition - the leatherette and the metal edging is a little scuffed up, and there are marks on the top of the viewfinder. The viewfinder itself is clear, although the glass is scratched in the front. The lens looks clear, the inside is clean, and the film advance dial turns smoothly (although it's a little squeaky).

Next up is the Brownie Hawkeye. This camera actually functions just fine. The shutter is sound and snappy, and works on both the Instant and the Bulb setting. The film advance dial turns smoothly. The lens has a little dust in it, but nothing too bad. The viewfinder is pretty funky, but you can still compose an image in it. There is some wear and a little bit of funk on the camera, particularly on the shutter button. The only serious problem the Hawkeye has is that there are two small chips of Bakelite missing around the edge of the back of the camera - one is by the Timer button on the top left of the camera, and the other is tucked in under the film advance knob. This would make the camera light leaky if used as is, but both chips could be covered with some electrical tape when the camera is in use to make it light-tight.

Finally, we have the Brownie Flashmite 20, one of the Kodak Star series of cameras (even though it doesn't have a 'Star' name and uses 620 film instead of 127). Again, like the Brownie Hawkeye, this camera actually functions just fine. There are three aperture settings that all work, the shutter is still snappy, and the film advance turns smoothly. The issue this camera has is that the top part of it - the part with the flash attached to it that's taupe in color, and not gray - just kind of wants to fall off the camera. It feels like there should be a screw tightened somewhere, but if there is, I can't find it. The fact that the whole top of the camera wants to fall off does not affect how the camera works at all (at least, not unless you wanted to use the flash unit). I put two small pieces of electrical tape on the top to keep it attached to the rest of the camera during shipping, but those shouldn't be any problem to remove if you chose to.

I have shot pictures with all of these types of cameras, and have been happy with the results from all of them. The Hawkeye and the Flashmite will give you 12 square images on a roll of 620; the Readyflash will give you 8 rectangular images. I really think all of these cameras could still be used to some extent, but at the very least, you'd wind up with 3 cameras for display and three extra 620 spools for respooling 120 film onto.

Camera weight (total) - 2 lbs, 7 oz.

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Trio of 3 Dysfunctional Vintage 620 Cameras


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  • Materials: camera, plastic, metal, glass, bakelite
  • Ships worldwide from United States
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