Photography as simple as you can make it!

Forget your digicam, forget your classic 35mm camera, forget your rangefinder, forget your SLR, forget your medium format, and forget your large format cameras!

If you want to enjoy photography at it’s simplest and best, as it was supposed to have been enjoyed, then aside of pinhole cameras, this is the way to go…..use a box camera! Yep, like the one you saw in that vintage junk shop the other day, the one you looked at and thought “what’s that rubbish”!

Kodak Brownie Flash III box camera (designed for 620 film, but 120 film can be used very easily by modifying the 120 spool–see pic elsewhere in this article)

I’ve been playing around with box cameras for years, and it constant;y amazes me to see what fantastic results these very simple cameras can give.

Of course, it does depend on how good a film you are using, too, and also how good you are at composing your shots, but as they say, all that knowledge will not just fall in our laps until we actually try it out.

This may sound like an excuse not to get up off my butt and do some work, but believe me, that old phenomenon called Murphy’s Law has struck again, as it always does, whenever you plan something. I wanted to dig out my shots taken with box cameras and scan and post them on here for you all to see, but I must have stored them in such a great place, that I can’t find them!

These cameras were designed to use now obsolete 620 film, but 120 roll film which is freely available can be used as well–all you need to do is cut or snip the outer edges of the 120 film spool with a pair of stout scissors or nail clippers, and you’re ready to go (see pic below)….oh, hey…you know what…that rhymes…”you’re ready to go, see pic below”…..yay….I’m a poet at last!


how to modify 120 roll film for use in a 620 camera

Never mind, here are a few I found on the net, just to show you “there’s life in them there box cameras”!

And as we are always saying here….it’s not the camera you use….it’s how you use it…for crying out loud!

taken with a Brownie Flash III box camera

taken with same camera as above
(photo courtesy same site as above)

all photos courtesy unless otherwise stated



About filmcamera999

ME & MY PASSION! ok, you probably looked at the length of this "about me" page and thought, god, what's wrong with this guy!....does he have to start telling us his life story or something!!? well, youve come here now anyways, so why not hear what im like as a person, eh? ive been using film cameras for well over 30 first one being the family yashicamat twin lens! over the years, ive both bought sold and collected film cameras...too many to tell the truth! in fact, ive been buying and selling cameras well before the internet came on the scene, so anything you purchase from me is backed by my self-styled moneyback promise.....if you dont like what youve bought, send it back within 14 days and you get all your money arguments!! WHERE I STAND ON THE DIGITAL REVOLUTION! yes, i do use digital as well, but only as a ready-reckoner...i try and take most shots with my simple 2megapixel digicam....if the shot looks good, i pull out my film camera and shoot! i most defintely do not believe in digital manipulation of photographs....that in my eyes is not photography...its cheating! WHERE I USED TO LIVE, WHERE I AM NOW & WHAT I WOULD LIKE TO DO! i used to live in Ontario, Canada, but moved back to the UK a little while ago (its a long story..!)...but now i'm living in the one place i always wanted to be...Vancouver, BC..the next best thing to paradise on earth! as i work as a freelance writer as well as other things, i often find hat my work takes me to europe for short spells, so i get to travel a lot...not a blessing, as i just hate long flights! im a qualified Quality Assurance guy (you know...ISO 9000, auditing, documentation etc) ....99% of my skill-set is transferable so i can handle any admin or documentation-related roles....see you in BC! otherwise, i specialise in ISO 9000 auditing and documentation. my dream? to have my own thriving camera shop in Vancouver BC, whilst living in the mountains somewhere.....the best of both worlds!
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