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PostPosted: Tue Feb 10, 2009 2:44 am 
A product shot plus basic introduction for you gear lovers.

The Kodak Tourist was manufactured by Kodak between 1948 and 1951 with an original price of $95.00. By the end of 1951 they were selling for about $48.00, as the Tourist II was entering the market. The camera uses 620 film for a 6x9cm frame size, 8 pictures per roll. I simply reroll 120 film onto 620 film spools to make that work. These Kodak Tourists show up on eBay quite often with varying lens configurations, but not often in immaculate condition. I was pleased to find this one on ebay with the orignal box and manual, and then to seize it for only $19.00 w/free shipping on a buy-it-now. I thought that was a perty good deal.

The back on this camera is neat. If you open the latch on the left side, it stays hinged on the right. If you open the latch on the right side, it stays hinged on the left. If you open the latches on both sides, the back comes completely off.

The empty 620 film spools for these cameras can fetch quite a high price. I saw four empty spools sell for as much as $26, and ten sold recently for over $70.00. Save your empty 620 spools, they're very valuable.

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PostPosted: Tue Feb 10, 2009 3:10 am 
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Certainly is a pretty camera, even if the plastic top and exposure slider on the back give it a slightly cheesy look.

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PostPosted: Tue Feb 10, 2009 3:15 am 
walter23 wrote:
Certainly is a pretty camera, even if the plastic top and exposure slider on the back give it a slightly cheesy look.


I think Kodak wanted to get away from the Pre-WWII look of their original folders. They also had that Kodak Pony 135, that had the same grey plastic top.


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PostPosted: Tue Feb 10, 2009 10:52 am 
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Ooh I want one!

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PostPosted: Tue Feb 10, 2009 7:47 pm 
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I've got one just like it in similar condition. Also have the original case for it as well. Very sharp lens.

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PostPosted: Tue Feb 10, 2009 11:43 pm 
Eric Rose wrote:
I've got one just like it in similar condition. Also have the original case for it as well. Very sharp lens.


I'm just now discovering that this camera might do a fine job. The first roll through was a big disappointment, though. The exposures were excellent, but seven of the eight frames had a very strange blurred look. It almost looked like motion blur. On the second roll I purposefully placed my left hand fingers on the strut while also touching the outside of the shutter housing on several exposures. And of course a tripod on several. The finger support at the end where the lens is located really helped with the sharpness. My guess is that the way the shutter release button is positioned on the bed, as it gives way at the end of the release, it's causes just enough motion in the camera body to add blur to the exposure. Just like a lever. A small vibration at the back of the camera equates to a huge movement way out there where the lens is located.

Keith said he really really wants one of these. So, you can sell him your's, Eric. I'm keeping mine for just a while longer. :lol:


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PostPosted: Tue Feb 10, 2009 11:50 pm 
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:roll: just what I need, another camera.

I just got a 4x10 shen with 5x7 adapter back 8)

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PostPosted: Tue Feb 10, 2009 11:55 pm 
Keithwms wrote:
:roll: just what I need, another camera.

I just got a 4x10 shen with 5x7 adapter back 8)


Yep, that's what happens when you hang with this bunch. And just think, when I get tired of my "Tourist" . . . you're gonna have a pair.

You know if you have a new camera, you'll have to start a new "Up Close and Personal" thread.


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I haven't consumated the relationship yet, but I plan to do that very soon. Lens is attached, film is loaded... just need some light and inspiration.

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