Kodak Brownie Cresta

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The Brownie Cresta was made by Kodak Ltd. in the UK, in three versions between 1955 and 1965. It was made of plastic and took 6x6cm images on 120 film.

The Cresta had similar construction to the Brownie 127, but larger.


  • The original Brownie Cresta had horizontal ribbing on the body, and a PC connector for flash sync. The "Kodet" lens had a slider for either a yellow filter or "close-ups" of 4-7ft. The shutter was single speed, approx 1/40s and no B setting.
  • The Brownie Cresta II replaced the PC connector with pin & screw flash contacts, and the horizontal ribbing on body was changed to a crossed pattern.
  • The Brownie Cresta 3 had the top changed to grey, with a "Kodak" label on an added panel beside the viewfinder and restyled lens surround. The Kodet lens was replaced with an f/11 Dakon with no close-up option; due to the increasing popularity of colour film, the yellow filter was replaced by a second aperture stop, the apertures being labelled as 12 & 13, as Exposure Values. The viewfinder had marks for the new "Superslide" format.


  • Manufacturer: Kodak Ltd., UK
  • in production: Cresta: 1955-1958; Cresta II: March 1956 - 1959; Cresta 3: 1960-1965
  • Film: 120 film, 6x6cm images.


  • Brian Coe, Kodak Cameras - The First Hundred Years, Hove Foto Books, 1988

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