Brownie Cresta II
Type: Solid Body Eyelevel Rollfilm
Introduced: 1956 (export only until July 1958)
Film size: 120
Picture size: 2 1/4" X 2 1/4"
Lens: Kodet f/11 Fixed Focus With Closeup Lens
Shutter: Single Speed 1/40 Second
Numbers Made: ?
Original price: ?
The Brownie Cresta II has a black moulded plastic body with cross-hatched
ribbing, screw and pin flash contacts, with other features similar to the first model like an optical direct vision finder.
This simple Brownie camera used 120 film for a large 6cm X 6cm negative image and could achieved impressive closeups with the built-in closeup lens, just like the first Cresta model, however is susceptible to camera shake because of it's slow shutter speed. I think the reason it was produced at all was to change the coaxial flash socket of the Cresta to the screw and pin flash contacts, which allowed it to use a wide variety of flashes. The aperture was also changed from f/14 to f/11 for a decrease in depth of field. This popular UK-made camera was preceeded by the Cresta and followed by the Cresta 3 cameras.