Kodak Brownie Reflex 20

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The Brownie Reflex 20 is a pseudo-TLR camera for 2¼-inch square exposures on 620 film, made by Kodak from 1959-66. The body of the camera is made from brown-black bakelite or a similar resin plastic.

It has a single-speed shutter and three aperture settings, labelled as EV 13, 14 and 15, corresponding to f/11, 16 and 22 for a shutter time of 1/50 second. These are three fixed apertures in a sliding plate, not settings on an iris; intermediate aperture values cannot be set. The lens has three focus zones, 'Close-ups'; 4-6 ft, 'Groups'; 6-12 ft, and 'Scenes'; 12 ft - infinity.[1]

The large, bright viewfinder has a folding aluminium hood. Although the camera gives a full 2¼-inch square picture, the viewfinder has frame-lines for use if it is intended to clip reversal film (Ektachrome) down to 4-cm square 'superslides', and the instructions refer to a slide-viewer and projectors available for these. McKeown notes the similarity of the camera to the Brownie Starflex, which gives 4x4-cm images on 127 film.[2] That camera is an updated model of the 1940s Brownie Reflex, also for 127 film.

The film advance knob is on the bottom of the camera. There is also a sliding button (Lock/Open) to lock the film-carrier in the camera body.[1] There is a red window in the back of the camera, used only to advance a new film to frame 1; after this, the camera has 'auto-stop' winding, and the red window can be closed with a built-in cover. There is another sliding button on the bottom (Load/Exp 1-12) to disengage the auto-stop during film loading.

The camera has synchronisation contacts for a bulb flash, as pictured here.


  1. 1.0 1.1 Brownie Reflex 20 instructions at Mike Butkus' Orphan Cameras
  2. McKeown, James M. and Joan C. McKeown's Price Guide to Antique and Classic Cameras, 12th Edition, 2005-2006. USA, Centennial Photo Service, 2004. ISBN 0-931838-40-1 (hardcover). ISBN 0-931838-41-X (softcover). p483-4.