SUNday Spotlight – Chasing Classic Cameras – Kodak

Happy Sunday to all! Today’s spotlight falls on these two beautiful classics from Kodak. Both are from the early 1900s and they are fully operational.


Kodak No. 3-A Folding Brownie Camera Model A. This one is from the period 1909-1913.


The lens is made by Bausch & Lomb Optical Company and the shutter is adjustable for “T’, “B”, and “I”. This model uses 124 roll films.



Pictured below is No. 3 Folding Pocket Kodak Model H.


No. 3 Folding Pocket Kodak Model H from around 1910.


Bausch & Lomb Optical Company lens with aperture adjustments from f4 to f128 and shutter speeds of “T”, “B”, 1/25, 1/50, and 1/100 second.

The Kodak pictured above uses 118 roll films that are no longer made but both of these cameras can use modern 120 roll films with the use of adapters on the film spools.


The black bellows are original to this camera. Previous models had red bellows.


These cameras are from the collection of well-known New Mexico photographer and writer, Ken Cobean (Hial Kenyon Cobean, Jr.). His photographs and articles appeared in numerous publications including Life, Time, and other well-known magazines.

I attribute the excellent condition of these cameras to excellent care and a favorable environment of the Southwest United States.

Thanks for stopping by and be sure to visit my camera shop at – Chris

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Downsizing – Some new cameras in our shop this week

Hi. If you’ve been following our blog for a while you know that Carol and I have an online (Etsy Shop) at

We’re in the process of downsizing our collection of cameras and photo gear and are offering some unique items at exceptional savings. Many (almost all) of the items in our shop are one owner items that have been stored properly, inspected for functionality and guaranteed to be described accurately.

Here’s a small sample of what we’ve added to the shop this week.

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Olympus OM-1 set with G. Zuiko Auto-S f1.4 50mm lens and a large collection of original sales brochures and instruction booklets. Only $69.00 plus shipping.

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Beautiful and functional Kodak Junior Six-20 film camera from around 1935. It’s super clean and in excellent condition inside and out – it even comes with a vintage roll of 620 Kodacolor film (exposed). BTW, 620 film is still available! Only $19.75 plus shipping.

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From around 1972, a nice Kodak Pocket Instamatic 30 film camera set in its original box with unused GE Magicubes! How cool is that? Make a great display piece. It’s been tested and looks like everything works – I even fire off a Magicube (not these) and the flash worked great! Only $9.75 plus shipping.

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No, it’s not a GE electric razor but it inspired the GE designers to model one after this design. From c1946 this super cool exposure meter (light meter) comes with its original leather case and was sold exclusively through the  (US) Army Exchange Service. Only $9.75 plus shipping.

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Olympus made this camera for Sears, Roebuck and Company under the Tower brand – the Tower 10 actually. One of those rare 1950s rangefinder 35mm cameras that have both the Tower logo and the Olympus markings. This camera is fully working and makes a great addition to any vintage rangefinder collection. Only $68.75 plus shipping.

All of our cameras are available to ship worldwide. Stop by our shop at to see our complete selection and for more details about these items.

Many thanks! – Chris

Please respect that all content, including photos and text, are the property of this blog and its owner, Yashica Pentamatic Fanatic, Yashica Sailor Boy, Yashica Chris.

Copyright © 2015-2018 Yashica Pentamatic Fanatic, Chris Whelan
All rights reserved.

In the Studio – Kodak Retina Reflex IV

I had a chance to get some new images in the studio of my latest acquisition – this beautiful Kodak 35mm SLR from 1965. I purchased it from a retired Kodak executive who obviously took very good care of it. It’s completely working, even the selenium cell exposure meter! The lens optics are crystal clear and the shutter fires like new.

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Taken with my Fujifilm X-A10 with Canon FD 24mm f2.8 wide angle lens.


Taken with my Fujifilm FinePix S9900W.

This Kodak is now available in our online store at

Thanks for stopping by!


Kodak Vigilant Junior Six-20

Here’s an interesting camera from Kodak – the Vigilant Junior Six-20 which was produced between 1939 to 1949. I’m sure there are more than a few of these floating around in junk bins and what not.

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We acquired the camera during one of our camera buying forays – the owner wanted it to go to a good home and told us that it was his families only camera for many years. It was dirty but the bellows are in good condition (I think we were the first ones to open it in maybe 30 or more years) as it was a struggle to get the bellows to deploy. We “bought” the camera along with a few of his Minolta lenses and a Minolta SR-T 101.

The camera is missing its winder knob but the film can still be advanced with a little effort (and luck). The Junior version of this popular camera was as basic as basic can be – simple shutter and even simpler aperture settings. We have no plans to shoot with this camera – 620 film is no longer available and although 120 roll film can be re-spooled to fit it’s not worth the effort. With 120 film you’d get only 8 exposures in the 6x9cm format.

So this little time machine gets added to our collection and for now, makes a nice display piece. I found a great new place to set up as a makeshift studio (see the picture above). Nice natural lighting and interesting backgrounds.


Thanks for stopping by! By the way, this camera is available for purchase at if you’d like to add a nice clean vintage camera to your home or office decor.