So as of this writing, I have only shot one roll, and sadly I got some mixed results. This camera oozes coolness. On the film supply carrier the last Pat. Whenever the photographer wanted to make a note about a particular picture he was taking, the little door was opened and a metal stylus was used to write a message on the little portion of paper backing exposed in that space. Kodak Pony Premo No. It was never offered by any other film maker. As for opening it up, there is no special key, just a button. Kodak Junior II: Kodak Panoram No. More Special models followed using different film sizes, and then in 1914, the first two Autographic cameras were released called the No.1A Autographic Junior and Autographic Specials which both used 116 roll film. Despite these improvements to Argus’ designs, the Kodak 35 did not sell well, which was most likely due to it’s price. The word “Special” was included in the name of this camera because it truly was special. The shutter release plunger is all metal and moves very smoothly. I am just going to hope that this was user error, and I didn’t pay close enough attention to my lighting. I found information saying this model continued to sell in export countries like the UK until 1923. Had I used a faster film like 400 or higher, it would have been even more pronounced. I honestly cannot remember why I decided to do it. This was not a cheap camera. I keep saying I am looking forward to my second roll, but I am waiting for an opportunity to actually take it somewhere and actually get some worthwhile shots worthwhile of taking! IF YOU WOULD LIKE THIS OR ANY PDF FILE PRINTED, BOUND AND, MAILED TO YOU, SEE THIS OUTSIDE COMPANY'S OFFER >>>. Pick a subject in bright sunlight. For one, it’s the oldest camera in my collection, and the desire to keep it in as good of shape as possible is greater, but also, I tend to impose a lot of pressure on myself to only shoot with the camera when I have something interesting to shoot. 2 - 1923, Kodak Brownie Folding Pocket No. This page is copyright © by , M. Butkus, Despite all of these advancements, the Optimo shutter has one disadvantage which is that the speeds were inconsistent depending on outside temperature and other environmental variables. date in Canada is March 19, 1915. Either I got something wrong with my exposure measurement, or something went wrong with the camera as this came out several stops underexposed. This camera took six exposures, 2 1/4 x 3 1/4 inch size, on no. Speeds: T, B, 1 – 1/300 seconds I’ve read some articles from other people who own this model camera and they recommend using an external folding viewfinder taped to the side plate of the camera. There is a lot of photography information about composing photographs that still applies today. The button is a raised spot under the leather near the red window. That doesn’t mean you still can’t shoot with color film (I did), but usually you get some muted colors, or pictures that suffer from flare that can affect the color accuracy. 1A and 3 Series III: Kodak Cartridge Premo Cameras No. Including shipping, I paid $27.88 for this camera. He had the idea that if he could build and sell inexpensive cameras to lots of people, that Kodak stood to make much more profit by recurring purchases of film. In the review, I show an image of the back of the camera. While Kodak was not known as a maker of high end cameras with top of the line specs, this camera was the exception to that rule. Enter your email address to subscribe to Mike Eckman Dot Com and receive notifications of new posts by email. The rotating shutter blades have the effect of creating a “star” pattern when they open. ! The blades have a unique design that opens and closes 180 degrees from their original positions. if you want one. 3 and 4: Kodak Primo No. But wait, theres more! After shooting those first couple of rolls, that camera has stayed on my shelf. George Eastman’s philosophy was to put a camera in the hands of anyone who wanted them. It wasn’t typical for lenses to have coatings for color photography until after World War II. Mine is 2110736 which is higher than his, so that at least indicates that mine is probably one of the very last examples that still had the “Zeiss” label. I typically try to keep my purchases as cheap as possible, so I set my max bid to $20, and as it turns out, that was enough, because I was the winning bidder. M. Butkus, 29 Lake Ave., High Bridge, NJ 08829-1701  Loading the film using my adapter meant that the numbers on the paper backing of the film would not line up with the red window on the back of the camera, so I had to sacrifice a roll of film and practice with it, making markings approximately where I would have to wind the film in order to not overlap my shots. The No.1 Autographic Special had several other features which were state of the art at the time. ! None of the photos would win me any awards, but I was happy that I got an 85 year old camera to work and the shots weren’t bad. Another shot of one of the swing out mounting points for film. The dashpot is the chrome protrusion at the 5 o’clock position on the face of the shutter. The earliest Kodak cameras were box cameras similar to the Brownies of the early 1900s. 2 and 2-A: Kodak Premo No. Even less common than aluminum was Bakelite plastic. The Optimo shutter was sold for over 20 years and eventually lost out to more advanced shutters like the Compur in the 1930s. It was not until around 1905 when the first folding cameras were released which had a door that covered up the entire lens and shutter assembly when folded. All Pocket Kodak cameras had the autographic feature. Inside of the film compartment there is a dual film pressure plate that keeps consistent pressure on the edges of the film to assure that the film lies as flat as possible. To open it, you position the back of the camera facing up and the red window to the right. , A very good review and assessment of this outstanding camera. A 4 element Tessar design, the lens itself was built for Kodak by Bausch & Lomb out of Rochester, NY. If you would like to know about your rights, please review our Privacy Policy, otherwise, please click 'Accept' below. The earliest Kodak Brownie from 1900 sold for $1 and a roll of film was 15 cents. $18.00 for a hard to read Xerox copy. In the time since, the fact that I got as good of results as I did for a 99 year old camera that required nothing more than a basic wipe down is pretty impressive. A random cemetery shot that shows incredible clarity and accurate color reproduction. In later years, gear driven mechanical governors were installed in cameras to slow down the shutter to speeds up to 1 second in duration. This camera obviously had been mounted to a tripod in the past, which is why the leather is damaged in that area. My journey into vintage cameras actually started with a Kodak folding camera. After that camera, I decided to move into slightly newer cameras, and thus my collection started. Exposure Meter: None My research shows that after World War I started, the names on the lenses changed although they were still based off Zeiss’ Tessar designs. The particular model in my collection has the Zeiss Kodak Anastigmat f/6.3 lens. -- ORPHAN CAMERAS.COM -- I’ve shot with a 116 (Anstigmat lens) and a 122 (Bausch and Lomb Rapid Rectilnear) format Kodak folder, but didn’t get results I like as much as the first two shots you display here. I would love to see what came out of a really huge negative like some of them had. I hope that something didn’t give in the shutter and cause the second half of the roll to not fire accurately. It’s tough when you cross your T’s and dot your I’s in exposure and focus only to be lukewarm to the results. In order to take advantage of the autographic feature, special autographic film needed to be used.eval(ez_write_tag([[300,250],'mikeeckman_com-medrectangle-4','ezslot_3',106,'0','0'])); Autographic film was invented in 1914 by a man named Henry Jacques Gaisman. Since mine has the name, it has to be a pre-war model. Most other places would charge you $7.50 for a electronic copy or $18.00 for a hard to read Xerox copy. Press it while gently trying to separate the two halves of the body. The name “Special” had been used by Kodak as far back as the 1890s to signify a higher end model with more advanced features, but the first Special folding camera was the aluminum bodied No.3A Special Kodak from 1910. The focusing mechanism is a “rack and pinion” design where you slide a lever back and forth and that moves the front lens element to an appropriate position. I didn’t know that this would be the “gateway” camera into a wonderful hobby of collecting old cameras. While brass was a common material for cameras of the era, aluminum was a little less common. The shutter speed selector was a bit stiff, but I was able to loosen it up by turning it back and forth a couple of times. This is the same exact manual that is on Mike Butkus’ camera manual site. His company would later be acquired by Gillette and he would later run the company. 3A: Kodak Pocket No. Thankfully, I was correct. That's not a fast lens. Type: Scale Focus I only want to use this camera when I have somewhere to go. One day, I found a camera listed simply as a “kodak autographic No. Page 9: Exercise #1 KODAK Self-Teaching Guide to Using an Adjustable 35 mm Camera EXERCISE #1 The one most important thing to remember about taking a picture is to hold the camera steady. 1 series II is a folding A120 film camera made from 1922 to 1931 (according to McKeown). It’s a shame in some ways that Kodak didn’t continue with the theme of higher end “Special” cameras since they really did a great job with this one. I have one of these cameras, but I cannot get the front of the thing to open. He felt that photography shouldn’t be reserved only for the elite. View & download of more than 3024 Kodak PDF user manuals, service manuals, operating guides. I believe I paid $20 for it. Over the course of the next 15 or so years, the autographic feature would be included on almost every folding Kodak made.

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