I think I got this for a fiver in Poverty Aid. I love using this camera. it has a great feel to it, and is just so simple. As with any simple camera like this, you can shoot great multiple exposures. I repaired the red film window with some lighting gel.
This chunky viewfinder camera was made by Kodak in the UK from 1955-1958. It is typically simple, virtually the same as a box camera in features except for the moulded Bakelite body.
In a slider over the lens, it has a close-up filter for use with a range of 4-7ft, and a yellow filter – used to heighten the contrast when shooting skies.
It shoots twelve 6x6cm images on 120 film.
Two further models were made with different body styling and updated features.
The combination of f/14 and 1/40s is the same as f/16 and 1/30 – 2 stops below sunny 16. So this indicates that it is calibrated for ISO 25 film on a sunny day. This gives us the following exposure table:
|25||15||Sunny 16 – bright or hazy sun|
|50||14||Weak Hazy Sun (1)|
|100||13||Cloudy Bright conditions|
|200||12||Heavy Overcast conditions|
|400||11||Sunsets and Deep Shade (2)|
|800||10||Landscapes immediately after sunset|
|1600||9||Landscapes 10 minutes after sunset|
|3200||8||Bright city squares, bright fluorescent lit interiors|
|Notes:1) I will often allow this value (sunny 11) or even sunny 8 as a guide in the North of England.
2) With modern negative films with a good lattitude I have used ISO 400 in this camera in normal UK sunlight and been fine.
Type: Solid Body Eyelevel Rollfilm
Film size: 120
Picture size: 2 1/4″ X 2 1/4″
Lens: Kodet f/14 Fixed Focus with Closeup Lens and Yellow Filter.
Shutter: Single Speed 1/40 Second