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The Hawkeye35 Adapter kit allows you to use 35mm film in the iconic Kodak Brownie Hawkeye camera.
21 backers pledged $1,000 to help bring this project to life.

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Hello, and thanks for checking out my project! 

The Kodak Brownie Hawkeye is one of the most iconic cameras of all time. Between 1949 and 1961, millions were sold, and it quickly became the favorite camera of families all over the world. 

Unfortunately, the camera was designed to take 620 film, which has not been produced since 1995. While the similar 120 film is still produced, selection is slim, and processing can be costly and inconvenient. 

The Hawkeye35 Adapter kit allows you to load your BHF with widely-available 35mm film! You can get up to 17 shots on a standard 24-exposure roll.

The film mask crops the image from 56x56mm, the standard for 620 film, to 36x24mm, the standard for 35mm film. The "deluxe" mask maintains the square aspect ratio, but exposes the sprocket holes for a unique image.

Normal 35mm to 620 spool adapters will hold the film cassette in the camera, but will prevent the camera back from closing. The spool adapters included with the kit allow for a perfect fit.

The receiver spool winds the exposed film without letting the film drift or wobble, ensuring that shots are properly spaced on the film.

After you've finished your roll of film, just remove the camera back in a changing bag or darkroom and rewind the film.

I plan to use the 3D printing service Shapeways to handle production. They use a 3D printing technology known as SLS, or selective laser sintering, which means the components can each be made as one piece, without the need for any additional support structure. Shapeways' shipping means I can have kits delivered quickly and affordably to backers.

During the campaign, I will be able refine the design before final production to ensure that it is both as sturdy and cost-efficient as possible. Also, any profit I receive from the campaign will go toward my education, so each and every contribution is deeply appreciated!

Risks and challenges

As with any Kickstarter, the biggest risk is that the project won't get funded. I am very optimistic, however, that we can avoid that.

The other big risk going into this was that an adapter kit simply wouldn't or couldn't work in this particular camera.

My greatest challenge was making the adapter components as sturdy as possible while keeping production cost as low as possible. After much trial and error, the perfect middle was reached without compromise.

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    My deepest thanks!

    Thank you so much for helping bring this project to life, and helping fund my education! You will get emails directly from me keeping you updated on the project!

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    Standard STL files

    You will get the STL files for the 36x24mm film mask insert, the cassette adapters, and the receiver spool, allowing you to order directly from your favorite SLS 3D printing service, or make the necessary adjustments to print at home.

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    Deluxe STL files

    You will get the STL files for the 36x24mm film mask insert, the 35x35mm mask insert, the cassette adapters, and the receiver spool, allowing you to order directly from your favorite SLS 3D printing service, or make the necessary adjustments to print at home.

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    Standard Kit PLUS Deluxe STL files

    You get one 36x24mm film mask, one receiver spool, and one set of cassette adapters, along with the STL files for all of the above plus the square film mask.

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    Deluxe Kit PLUS Deluxe STL files

    You get one 36x24mm film mask, one 35x35mm film mask, one receiver spool, and one set of cassette adapters, along with the STL files for all of the above.

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