Kodak Baby Brownie Special (1939)

What is it? This is a Baby Brownie Special made by the Eastman Kodak Corporation between the years of 1939 and 1952.  This model was an upgrade from the simpler Baby Brownie by adding a fixed telescopic viewfinder an integrated shutter release button, and a cloth carrying handle.  Later models …

Kodak Retina Ib – Type 018 (1954)

What is it? This is a Kodak Retina Ib – Type 018 camera built by Kodak AG, the German subsidiary of the Eastman Kodak Company between the years of 1954 and 1957.  It was the successor to the earlier Retina Ia – Type 015 and was sold simultaneously with the Retinas …

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  It was originally made by Nagel Kamera-Werke and later by Kodak AG in Stuttgart, Germany between the years of 1929 and 1937.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 Brownie Starmatic (1959)

What is it? This is a Brownie Starmatic made by the Eastman Kodak Company of Rochester, NY between the years of 1959 and 1963.  It was the first Brownie camera to have both an exposure meter and automatic exposure.  It is a simple, mostly plastic camera that used 127 roll …

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 Retina Automatic III – Type 039 (1961)

What is it? This is a Kodak Retina Automatic III 35mm rangefinder camera made by Kodak AG of Germany between the years of 1960 and 1963.  It was the top of the Retina Automatic series with a 6-element Retina-Xenar f/2.8 lens and coupled rangefinder.  The signature feature of the Retina Automatic …

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 …

Kodak Duo Six-20 Series II (1937)

What is it? This is a Kodak Duo Six-20 Series II medium format camera which was designed by Nagel Kamera Werk for Kodak AG by August Nagel.  The word “duo” was Kodak’s way of saying “half frame”, meaning the camera too 6cm x 4.5cm images instead of “full frame” 6cm …

Kodak Retina Reflex IV (1964)

What is it? This is a Kodak Retina Reflex IV 35mm Single Lens Reflex camera made by Kodak AG in Stuttgart, West Germany between the years 1964 and 1967.  The Retina Reflex series was a continuation of the earlier rangefinder Retina, and shared many of the same parts, including the body, …

Kodak No.1A Pocket Kodak (1926)

What is it? This is a No.1A Pocket Kodak folding camera made by the Eastman Kodak Company between the years of 1926 and 1932.  It used Autographic 116 film which allowed photographers to open a tiny door on the back of the camera and write notes about the exposure which would …

Kodak No. 2 Brownie Model D (1914)

What is it? This is a No. 2 Brownie Model D box camera, made by the Eastman-Kodak company around 1914.  The name “Brownie” has been used by Kodak on a huge variety of inexpensive cameras starting with the very first model in 1900, all the way to Bakelite bodied cameras …