I think I got this for a fiver in Poverty Aid. I love using this camera. it has a great feel to it, and is just so simple. As with any simple camera like this, you can shoot great multiple exposures. I repaired the red film window with some lighting gel.

About

Kodak Brownie Cresta
Kodak Brownie Cresta

This chunky viewfinder camera was made by Kodak in the UK from 1955-1958. It is typically simple, virtually the same as a box camera in features except for the moulded Bakelite body.

In a slider over the lens, it has a close-up filter for use with a range of 4-7ft, and a yellow filter – used to heighten the contrast when shooting skies.

It shoots twelve 6x6cm images on 120 film.

Two further models were made with different body styling and updated features.

Exposure

The combination of f/14 and 1/40s is the same as f/16 and 1/30 – 2 stops below sunny 16. So this indicates that it is calibrated for ISO 25 film on a sunny day.  This gives us the following exposure table:

ISO EV Conditions
25 15 Sunny 16 – bright or hazy sun
50 14 Weak Hazy Sun (1)
100 13 Cloudy Bright conditions
200 12 Heavy Overcast conditions
400 11 Sunsets and Deep Shade (2)
800 10 Landscapes immediately after sunset
1600 9 Landscapes 10 minutes after sunset
3200 8 Bright city squares, bright fluorescent lit interiors
Notes:1) I will often allow this value (sunny 11) or even sunny 8 as a guide in the North of England.
2) With modern negative films with a good lattitude I have used ISO 400 in this camera in normal UK sunlight and been fine.

Vital Statistics

Meanwood Multi-Exposure - Kodak Brownie Cresta and Agfa Optima 100
Meanwood Multi-Exposure – Kodak Brownie Cresta and Agfa Optima 100

Type: Solid Body Eyelevel Rollfilm
Film size: 120
Picture size: 2 1/4″ X 2 1/4″
Lens: Kodet f/14 Fixed Focus with Closeup Lens and Yellow Filter.
Shutter: Single Speed 1/40 Second

Links

Page on Collection d’ Appareils

Page on Camerapedia

Modification to take 35mm film

View my images of Flickr with the Brownie Cresta

4 comments

  1. I have a Kodak Brownie Cresta in mint condition and was thinking about resurrecting it but was not sure of the film ISO speed to use. Thank you for the valuable information, it will make life a lot easier. I think the last roll I put through that camera must have been during the late 1960’s

    1. It has to be said, modern film has enough latitude that these things are less of a problem. I have used Fuji Superia Xtra 400 on a fairly sunny day (Never actually get sunny 16 sun in Leeds in my opinion) and got perfectly good results! The other ting to bear in mind is that the shutter may well be sluggish – Experimentation is the key I think.

      It is a lovely camera.

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