Although the Kodak Brownie Hawkeye was made to use 620 film, you can still use these cameras with 120 film. All you need is an old 620 reel (which might be still in the camera) and a roll of 120 film. There are tutorials on the internet about respooling 120 film to 620 film reels so I’m not going to cover that here.
Kodak Brownie Hawkeyes are pretty simple cameras to deal with and you can pick them up pretty cheap from rummage sales, car-boot sales or thrift/charity shops. Their bakelite finish and iconic styling make them prime candidates for upscaling and repainting.
I’ve been interested in photography for almost as long as I can remember, I think my first camera was a Kodak Brownie 127 roll-film – not new! My enthusiasm was rekindled by moving to Nikon DSLRs a few years ago.
The Kodak Brownie is a camera with many faces. Learn more about the Brownie and its history in this short video! Featuring Brownie cameras from 1901 to the 1960s (Bernie Goleski Camera Collection).