James's Camera Collection: Kodak Brownie 8 and Hawkeye 8

Kodak Brownie 8
Hawkeye 8
Kodak Brownie 8 movie camera
Format: 8mm
Transport: Spring-wind
Exposure: Manual
Approx. date of manufacture: 1960
Approx. original price: $24.50

I actually used this a bit: it was my first usable movie camera (as opposed to a filmless classic like the Ciné Kodak above). A very simple, plastic camera. Big old crank on the side, one button to run it up front. Had a rotating aperture dial. Mine had a crack in the door and leaked light like a sieve and I remember putting duct-tape over it; I don't think I shot a foot of usable film on it.

I have another that's identical but called a Hawkeye 8—same hateful hump but all-black instead of gray, and its Ektanar ƒ/2.3 lens was about 1/2-stop faster. Whether it was any better (or enough to matter) is anyone's guess.

These cameras are the plastic-body redesigns of the Kodak 8mm Movie Camera line. Frankly, I don't think it was a step forward. But Kodak made a lot of cheap junk in the early 60s.

Kodak Hawkeye 8

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