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PostPosted: Thu Feb 12, 2009 12:21 pm 
I found this Kodak listing of all their cameras while I was researching on the net. After downloading it I realized this is really quite handy.

It lists the Kodak camera model, years sold, film type, and original price.

Enjoy!

http://www.kodak.com/global/en/consumer ... 3/aa13.pdf


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PostPosted: Thu Feb 12, 2009 3:46 pm 
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I'm not a big fan of Kodak cameras (mostly because of the numerous obsolete roll film formats they use), but I do have a couple that I really like. I'll photograph 'em soon and post 'em

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PostPosted: Thu Feb 12, 2009 4:46 pm 
walter23 wrote:
I'm not a big fan of Kodak cameras (mostly because of the numerous obsolete roll film formats they use), but I do have a couple that I really like. I'll photograph 'em soon and post 'em


I know exactly what you mean. I have avoided Kodak cameras as if they were infected with the bubonic plague. Kodak supplied cameras and film to one of the biggest markets though . . . us poor folk. So they had to be manufactured cheaply. With the exception of the cameras based on plans snagged from the germans after WWII, most Kodaks have an almost toy-like feel and quality.

This brings up an interesting subject. If I take a picture with an antique Kodak and another picture with an antique Leica, why do both pictures look as if they were taken by a ten-year-old with an Holga? :lol:


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PostPosted: Thu Feb 12, 2009 5:39 pm 
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Yeah, it's that toy like quality that keeps me away from them (but also makes them historically interesting, as they were really accessible to almost everyone). There are a few I'd pick up just to put on the shelf but the shipping cost is usually much more than the camera is worth so I don't bother. For the same price I can usually find a similar german camera that takes 120 film instead of damned 620 or 616 or whatever, so that's where my attention focuses. Eg. Agfa and Zeiss box cameras instead of Kodak Brownies.

There are a couple of exceptions - cameras that are both elegant and still useful - but I'm not talking about them until my current round of bidding is done (about a week) :)

I already have one of this particular camera but I want a couple of backups. The price can fluctuate quite wildly on these from $5 to $50 so I'm not in the mood to drum up any interest at the moment. As soon as I'm done though I'll photo the one I've already got.

Incidentally I'm not talking at all about 35mm cameras here. That's a different ballgame entirely, but I'm not much interested in 35mm gear - vintage or otherwise.

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PostPosted: Thu Feb 12, 2009 8:40 pm 
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Bah I'll stop being so ridiculously secretive.

I'm talking about the Vest Pocket Kodak Autographic - a tiny little 127 film camera. You can still buy 127 film from freestyle. And of course you can use the lens, without the aperture limiter, on a DSLR as I was doing with those multiple unpopular soft-focus shots I posted while ago.

Vest Pocket Kodak on DSLR:
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Anyway, I just payed for a Contessa Piccolette - the european answer to the VPK.

(stock image from pbase):
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http://cgi.ebay.ca/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?Vie ... 0286142832

The vest pocket kodak is very similar. I've got bids on a couple of those at the moment (spares ;) but I'm trying to lowball them. One has a ratty bellows and it's just going to be purchased to rip out the soft lens.

All of these (the contessa and the VPK) are incredibly tiny cameras; like a small wallet or something. They take 4cm x 4cm images on the 127 film.

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PostPosted: Fri Feb 13, 2009 1:13 am 
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Speaking of Kodak history, there's a No. 1 Cone pocket camera for sale on 'bay with a buy it now in the $5000 range and bidding up to $3500 or so. Weird. Guess it was rare. Not very remarkable looking though.

http://cgi.ebay.ca/No-1-Cone-Pocket-KOD ... dZViewItem

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PostPosted: Fri Feb 13, 2009 2:15 am 
I thought that was the camera you were being secretive about. 8)

I saw that thing. I also couldn't find anything to identify it as a Kodak. It looks French to me.


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