Restoring a Vest Pocket Kodak

A little while ago I was given a Vest Pocket Kodak (VPK) by a gentleman at church. It had belonged to his grandfather. When he rediscovered it recently, his grandchildren weren’t interested in it, so he kindly offered it to me. It was in poor condition but I promised to fix it if I could. One of […]

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Old Kodaks

I don’t have many Kodaks in my collection but over the last two days I have been given three very old Kodak cameras. I’ve enjoyed doing a little research on these cameras, and here are my notes. Vest Pocket Autographic (1915-1926) The Vest Pocket cameras were tiny by standards of the day, hardly any larger than […]

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Kodak Duaflex

Released 1949 The Duaflex is a pseudo-TLR. TLR because it has two lenses (one for viewing, one for taking) but pseudo because it isn’t a true TLR. It has fixed focus, no ground-glass viewing screen and behaves more like a box camera. This one was a gift from my colleague Paul. See all photos taken […]

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Unpleasant selfie

Now I have some film that will fit my Instantograph, I’ve been using it quite a lot recently. A few weeks ago I took a selfie using a mirror. Yesterday I wanted to try a more close-up self-portrait. It’s dark outside in the evenings now, and with all the lights in my living room turned on, […]

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High-tech meets low-tech

Last week I was given some bits and bobs from a scientific darkroom that shut down at the university once the researchers had converted to a fully digital workflow. One of the items was a box of Kodak Electron Microscopy film (SO-163, if anyone is interested). The film comes in the unusual size of 3¼×4″, which […]

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Kodak Ektra 22

Released 1978 This is a cheap and cheerful 110-format sub-miniature camera. Fixed aperture, three-speed shutter set by a switch with weather symbols. My copy was donated to my collection and came in excellent condition in original box, with some flash bulbs. At a glance Lens Fixed Kodar 25mm f/9.5 Film 110 Focus Fixed Meter None

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Film

I decided to have a quick count of the film I have in stock. It seems I have 37 rolls of 120-format film, and 10 rolls of 135 (35mm) format. That’s a total of 730 pictures, assuming I shoot the 120 film as 6×7 negatives with 10 frames per roll, and the 135 film with […]

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Kodak Brownie Model I

Released 1957 This is another “dumb” box camera with no manual controls, like the Conway. It’s in mint condition and with its original case. I like it because its shutter is more reliable than the Conway. See all photos taken with the Brownie I. At a glance Lens Fixed 100mm f/14 Film 620 (6×9) Focus […]

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Guess the year

Oh alright, I’ll tell you the year. It’s not like it was difficult… These photos were taken in October 2010 on a Kodak Brownie Model I. The primitive camera on its own adds a certain aged effect to the photos, but the thing that really makes these photos look old is the accidental fogging. While […]

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