Kodak Brownie 127 Mk 3
My first camera!
This Kodak Brownie 127 Camera was given to me by my aunt for Christmas 1965 when I was 6 years old.
This Mark 3 model was made between 1965 and 1967. Unlike the previous two Kodak Brownie cameras this took 12 square exposures on a 127 roll film (4 more than the Mk 1 & 2.
The camera body had as significantly more modern styling and was made of modern plastic rather than the Bakelite type plastic that my mother's 1950's Mk1 model was constructed of.
Other improvements included a finger grip on the left and a modern push button shutter release (white panel). The film advance / shutter were interlocked thus preventing accidental double exposures. The camera also boasted a non-standard hot shoe.
The camera was originally supplied with a detachable flash which used single disposable flash bulbs. This never seemed to work properly and my mother took me to a Camera shop on Fore Street, St. Ives when on holiday.
There the salesman sold me a new type flash which took Kodak Magicube flash bulbs. Four disposable bulbs which you had to remember to turn - these were fired by two button cells housed in the flash. Again these never seemed to work and I have very few photos taken with this flash.
Image quality was a little better than my mothers MK1 127 Brownie of 1956 - the lens not being quite as "fuzzy". I used the camera into the 1970s and started to experiment with slide film. The camera producing 127 "SuperSlides" which were the same dimensions as 35mm but which offered the full square frame.
Then my grandfather gave me his Praktica Nova 1 ...... and that is when the photo-bug really took off!