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Brownie Starflex

Kodak Brownie Starflash Camera

Type: Box rollfilm
Introduced: March 1957
Discontinued: Sept 1964
Film size: 127
Picture size: 1 5/8" X 1 5/8"
Manufactured: US
Lens: Dakon
Shutter: Rotary
Numbers made: ?
Original price: $10.00

The Kodak Brownie Starflex is a moulded plastic body camera. It is an easy to use simple twin lens reflex camera snapshot camera that was marketed to the occasional amateur photographer. The finder optics are simpler than those of the main lens. It was sold as a set with a screw and pin flash. There is an additional folding sports finder built in to the base, between the film winder and the opening catch. Winding the film cocked the shutter preventing multiple-exposures. There is an exposure selector below the lens, marked for Color and B & W which changed the aperture, giving Exposure Values of 13 & 14.

Fun Facts:
The Kodak Brownie Star simple plastic cameras were very popular. Over 10 million Star series cameras were made from 1957 with versions continuing into the late 1960s. The original design was by Arthur H. Crapsey. All were based on a similar layout with each model having various combinations of different viewfinder and flash arrangements, some built-in, some external, some with no flash facility. Some models were available in different colors as well. The "star" name was applied to 127 film cameras, but there were similar models made using 620 film.

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