A Bad Day With A Camera

Something Old & Something New

Well, I didn’t have something borrowed or something blue, but I had the old and new items covered. The new item is a Thingyfy Pinhole Pro S, which I have been waiting to bust out for a while. Today was the day.

The Vault, Thingyfy 58mm Pinhole, Strathmore, AB, 2024-04-10
Thingyfy Pinhole Pro 01
Thingyfy Pinhole Pro 02

The something old was something really old. It is a Kodak No. 2-A Folding Cartridge Brownie Camera that was manufactured in 1913. The folding lens assembly is a cartridge that comes out of the camera body to allow for the loading of 120 roll film. This cartridge can then be held up against the body of a new digital camera and used as a lens. A one hundred and eleven year old lens!

The Vault, Kodak No. 2 Brownie Lens, Strathmore, AB, 2024-04-10

I have been itching to try this out since last fall, but it is not something I could do on a cold day. There are some problems with my first run at using the Kodak on my Canon EOS R5. Mainly that I had the lens slightly offset over the sensor and the sweet spot goes off the left side of the image. It wasn’t something I could see at the time, but now I know to watch for it.

Kodak No. 2-A Folding Cartridge Brownie
Lens with Canon EOS R5
Kodak No. 2-A Folding Cartridge Brownie
Lens circa 1913

How often can a person say they used a hundred-and-eleven-year-old lens on their digital camera? I’m guessing that’s pretty rare. This evening was a lot of fun for me.

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