Kodak Signet 40 (1956)

This is a Signet 40 rangefinder camera made by the Eastman Kodak Company between the years 1956 and 1959.  It was the successor to the earlier Signet 35 retaining it’s excellent triangular coincident image rangefinder, and improving upon it with a redesigned Bakelite and stamped metal body, a more flexible …

Kodak Bantam Special (1936)

This is a Kodak Bantam Special, made by the Eastman Kodak Corporation in Rochester, NY between the years 1936 and 1948.  The camera was the top of the line in Kodak’s Bantam series which used 828 roll film and made 28mm x 40mm exposures which were 30% larger than standard …

Kodak Chevron (1953)

This is a Kodak Chevron, a medium format rangefinder camera buit by the Eastman Kodak Company between the years of 1953 and 1956.  The Chevron, like all medium format Kodak cameras from the era, used Kodak’s proprietary 620 format of film, which was nearly identical to competing 120 film, but …

Kodak Motormatic 35 (1960)

What is it? This is a Kodak Motormatic 35 camera.  It is an updated version of Kodak’s first 35mm auto exposure camera, the Kodak Automatic 35 which was released the year before.  The Motormatic added a spring motor advance, allowing a photographer to make exposures as fast as he or …

Kodak Vollenda 48 (1937)

What is it? This is a Kodak Vollenda 48, a folding camera that shoots 3cm x 4cm images on 127 film.  It was originally made by Nagel Kamera-Werke and later by Kodak AG in Stuttgart, Germany between the years of 1929 and 1937.  The Vollenda was one of Dr. August …

The Cameras of the Dead: The Reboot (aka Part IV)

The horror genre is known for movie franchises with many sequels, remakes, and reboots.  In the 70s, 80s, and 90s, original horror movies would often spawn a whole series of sequels, mostly upping the ante on the thrills, spills, and chills of the original.  Sometimes the sequels continued the story …

Kodak Flash Bantam (1948)

What is it? This is a Kodak Flash Bantam, a strut folding camera with a Bakelite and metal body.  The Flash Bantam updated the original Bantam 4.5 with flash synchronization and a new Lumenized lens coating to improve accuracy when using color film.  It used 828 film which was originally …

Kodak Bantam (1935)

What is it? This is a Kodak Bantam, a strut folding camera with an entirely Bakelite body, a single speed shutter, doublet lens, and a maximum aperture of f/6.3.  This was Kodak’s first camera designed for their new 828 format of film.  828 was originally designed to be an inexpensive roll …