Kodak Brownie Reflex

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The Kodak Brownie Reflex non-synchronized camera was manufactured from May 1940 to Aug 1942 in the US. It has a simple Bakelite body camera with a main lens and a second-surface keystone reflecting mirror viewfinder. The viewfinder has a hinged sheet metal cover. The winder is on the base, which is removable for film loading. Note the lack of flash synchronization terminals below the main lens on the earlier non-sync model.

The Kodak Brownie Reflex Synchro Model was manufactured from Sept 1941-May 1952 in the US and from 1946 to May 1960 in the UK; some were also made in Canada. Thus overall the model had a 20 year production run.

The synchro model has a two-pin flash connector below the taking lens, and an extended screw on the top and extra lug on the side to connect the model-specific flash unit.

A leather eveready-type case was available.

The design was patented in 1940 by designer Henry O. Drotning as US Patent D119931.


  • Type: Twin Lens reflex (TLR)
  • Manufacturer: Kodak / Kodak Ltd.
  • Year of launch: 1940
  • Price: 5.25 USD
  • Film: 127 roll film
  • Format: 4cm×4cm
  • Exposures: 12
  • Finder: reflex
  • Aperture: fixed
  • Lens: fixed-focus meniscus, 5 feet to infinity
  • Shutter: I (instantaneous) 1/30 sec and B (bulb mode)