Bonus #4. Work with Canon and allow these to work with the current Canon 600EX-RT and ST-E3-RT. Without this, I would be limited in when I could actually use this in case I needed fill flash on camera. Also there are many times at a wedding I have lights setup and get called aside to do another photo and I need an on camera flash of some kind. I don’t often have time to change the whole flash setup just for one quick photo, and carrying around multiple flash setups and systems is not practical.
The short answer is: backwards engineering is a tricky business. In other words, it’s not because we like one better than the other. We love Nikon cameras and would’ve preferred to release both at once. But as it turned out, one was finished before the other, and rather than waiting several months before releasing the B1 off-camera flash, we did it this way.
Flashcubes and Magicubes look similar but are not interchangeable. Cameras requiring flashcubes have a round socket and a round hole for the flashcube's pin, while those requiring Magicubes have a round shape with protruding studs and a square socket hole for the Magicube's square pin. The Magicube socket can also be seen as an X, which accounts for its alternate name, the X-Cube.
Sometimes, the best thing you can do with your on-camera flash is nothing at all. As you become more proficient with it, you might be tempted to use it all the time. However, you don’t want to become dependent on it. After all, there’s plenty of good light available in most situations. But when you need a little extra here and there, it’s nice to know you can always slap on that flash and get great shots on demand.
The Brownie Flash Camera was manufactured in France by Kodak SA in circa 1955. The Brownie Flash was capable of taking exposures, 2 1/4 X 2 1/4 inches ( 6 x 6 cm) on number 620 roll film. It was fitted with a fixed focus Meniscus lens and a single speed shutter providing about 1/50 second exposure. It was Constructed of bakelite and featured a built-in brilliant finder
This box camera manufactured in France is identical to the Brownie Hawkeye Camera Flash model manufactured in USA (derived from the Brownie Hawkeye Camera). "Brownie Flash Camera - Made in France' is written on the front plate.
In France, this camera has been a tremendous commercial success by the end of the fifties. It was a classic gift for Christmas or for a first communion . In camera shops, a gift pack was proposed that included the camera, the flash unit, the flash battery cells and bulbs, two rolllfilms, users manuals for the flash and camera etc. Today, you may find the Brownie Flash Camera each week-end in every boot sale in France. The camera is shown here with its dedicated model B flash unit.
General considerations about French made Kodaks
At the end of WWII France blocked imports using severe protectionist laws and Kodak disappeared from the French market briefly. To solve this problem, Eastman tapped his European subsidary Kodak-Pathe SA in France, which began to import parts from the USA to France and assembled cameras in France as a means to bypass the French protection laws. Kodak developed and manufactured a wide range of folding bed cameras specific to the French market. Some models are very similar to models that were made at Rochester ( cameras are renamed and show minor modifications). Some others are very specific to the French market and do not exist elsewhere. These cameras used 620 rollfilms to produce 6x9 cm negatives. Most of them were fitted with a light grey viewer protected housing made of a special plastic named "Tenite" and were made with various lenses, from simple meniscus to nice Angenieux lenses, and shutters.