Re: help identifying camera/film
----- Original Message ----- From: "Christina Z. Anderson" <email@example.com>
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Sent: Monday, August 11, 2008 4:50 PM
Subject: help identifying camera/film
There is a list of Kodak folding cameras at:Dear all, NOT alt related per se but what the heck, unless film is "alt" now: This probably serves no purpose but to satisfy my curiosity. I have been going through these old family pix and have come across the camera that took a bunch of BW negs I have from my family of origin. Here are 3 shots of what is the camera. Does anyone know what camera this is and what the "number" of film it took was? It is definitely roll film. I put it on a page on my website called "Miscellaneous", where I can post a pic or two every now and then for discussion purposes, so the page is poorly done but oh well... http://christinaanderson.visualserver.com/Text_page.cfm?pID=2076 __________________ Christina Z. Anderson http://christinaZanderson.com/ __________________
It shows the number of the film used but not the format
size. I have another publication from Kodak showing
discontinued roll film sizes, I will try to find it. I
originally got it from the web site of Thom Bell who was one
of Kodak's professional consultants. I don't think the web
site is there anymore.
Autographic cameras were originally intended to be used
with Autographic film. This film had a fiberous paper
backing which could be scratched away using a metal stylus
that came with the camera. There is a small window with a
flap on the back of the camera which allows writing on the
film. The scratched away areas exposed the emulsion leaving
the writing in the margin between pictures. A sort of early
data back. The system didn't work very well and was
discontinued after 1932. I think similar cameras but without
the window were made later than that. Autographic cameras
came in at least three sizes and non-autographic film was
made for all of them.
I have a No.3 Autographic but its much larger than the
camera in your pictures, I think it was the largest size
made. The film gate in mine measures 3-1/4 x 5-1/2, the
width of the film must have been about 3-3/4 inch from the
dimentions of the film channel. It was No. A-122.
If you can find a copy of McKeown's Guide at the library
you can probably identify it exactly.
Also check out http://www.nwmangum.com/Kodak/ which has pictures and some info an a lot of Kodak cameras. However beware because he evidently does not know the difference between f/stops and the old US stop system which was used by B&L for its Rapid-Rectilinear lenses supplied to Kodak for many years after it was obsolete. I've written to him about this, probably will go in the round file.
Los Angeles, CA, USA