Bell & Howell Electric Eye 127
|Bell & Howell Electric Eye 127|
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The Electric Eye 127 is a cast metal-bodied box camera for 4x4 cm pictures on 127 rollfilm. It was introduced in 1958 by Bell & Howell.
The 1938 Kodak Super Six-20 was the first camera to offer photocell-controlled autoexposure, but fewer than 730 were ever sold. Bell & Howell's Electric Eye 127 brought autoexposure to the popular snapshooter market, in a whimsically-styled cast-metal body.
A selenium photocell adjusts the two-bladed diaphragm in response to the scene brightness. The automatic exposure control can be overridden by opening the small door below the lens and moving the slide adjuster.
The Electric Eye 127 was offered in two finishes: black leatherette on a silver body, or grey tweed on a black body.
|Black and tweed version|
with matching accessory flash
image by John Kratz (Image rights)