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Kodak Folding Cameras Kodak Folding Cameras

From the 1890's until 1960 Kodak produced about 200 different models that used bellows to allow the construction of a camera that was relatively compact when folded. Sizes varied from 6½ x 8½" roll-film cameras and large plate cameras to what was then considered a sub-miniature format with the 828 Bantam cameras and, of course, the famous Retina and Retinette Cameras. Even some of the Kodak Instant Picture cameras used bellows, though the last "traditional" rollfilm folding camera from Kodak was the Kodak 66. A discussion on the differences between "No.2" cameras, "No.2A" cameras etc. can be found in the "hints'n'tips"-section. Some cameras include the word "cartridge" in the model name. This is because a roll of film was considered to look like a shotgun cartridge and also to help differentiate between similar cameras that used plates or Film Packs.

Apart from the well-known f-stop system of apertures that is still in use today, Kodak used two other systems of aperture numbering, the Uniform System, usually abbreviated as U.S., and an arbitary 1 2 3 4 numbering sequence, usually found on cameras with simple lenses.
These relate as follows :

f /45.681116223245
Simple Lenses (approximately)-1234-

Details of the "Autographic" feature, to be found on some of these cameras, can be read in the "hints'n'tips"-section.

Not included here are the Retina and Retinette models, which have their own section.

Kodak Premo Cameras

Having taken over the "Rochester Optical and Camera Company" in 1903, Eastman Kodak produced cameras with the "Premo" name until 1926. To my knowledge, very few Premo models were marketed in Europe, they certainly are not common here, hence the relative paucity of these cameras in my collection.


Some publications refer to Kodak Pliant cameras produced in France in the late 1940's and early to mid 1950's. This would appear to be a misnomer as I have been unable to find mention of this name on any of these cameras or their packaging. A resumÚ of the 620 folding cameras produced by Kodak PathÚ may be found on this page.

Kodak Folding Cameras
  Brownie Pliant Six-16
  Brownie Pliant Six-20
  Folding Brownie Six-20
  Folding Hawk-Eye Six-20 Model C
  Folding Pocket Kodak
  Girl Guide Kodak
  Hawk-Eye Pliant Six-20 Model C
  Jiffy Kodak Six-20
  Jiffy Kodak VP
  Kodak ModÓle 42
  Kodak ModÓle B 11
  Kodak ModÓle B 31
  Kodak 620 - ModÓle 32
  Kodak 66 Model II
  Kodak 66 Model III
  Kodak A - ModÓle 10
  Kodak A - ModÓle 11
  Kodak Bantam f/12.5
  Kodak Bantam f/4.5
  Kodak Bantam f/5.6
  Kodak Bantam f/6.3
  Kodak Duo 620 (Duo Six-20)
  Kodak Flash Bantam
  Kodak Junior 0
  Kodak Junior 620
  Kodak Junior I
  Kodak Junior II
  Kodak Junior Six-16
  Kodak Junior Six-20
  Kodak Junior Six-20 Series II
  Kodak Monitor Six-20
  Kodak No.2 Hawkette
  Kodak Petite
  Kodak Premoette Junior No.1
  Kodak Regent
  Kodak Senior Six-20
  Kodak Sterling II
  Kodak Tourist
  Kodak Tourist II
  Kodak Vigilant Junior Six-20
  Kodak Vigilant Six-16
  Kodak Vigilant Six-20
  Kodak Vollenda 620
  Kodak Vollenda No.48
  Nagel Vollenda 70/0
  No.1 Autographic Kodak Junior
  No.1 Kodak Junior
  No.1 Pocket Kodak
  No.1 Pocket Kodak Junior
  No.1 Pocket Kodak Series II
  No.1A Autographic Kodak Junior
  No.1A Pocket Kodak
  No.1A Pocket Kodak Junior
  No.1A Speed Kodak
  No.2 Folding Autographic Brownie
  No.2 Folding Cartridge Hawk-Eye
  No.2 Folding Cartridge Premo
  No.2 Folding Film Pack Hawk-Eye
  No.2 Folding Pocket Brownie
  No.2 Folding Pocket Kodak
  No.2A Folding Autographic Brownie
  No.2A Folding Cartridge Hawkeye Model B
  No.2A Folding Rainbow Hawk-Eye (Model B)
  No.2C Folding Autographic Brownie
  No.3 Autographic Kodak
  No.3 Folding Brownie
  No.3 Folding Pocket Kodak (Model E-4)
  No.3A Autographic Kodak
  No.3A Folding Cartridge Hawk-Eye Model B
  No.3A Special Kodak
  Six-16 Kodak (US Model)
  Six-20 Folding Brownie
  Six-20 Kodak (UK Model)
  Six-20 Kodak A
  Six-20 Kodak B
  Six-20 Kodak Junior
  Six-20 Kodak Junior de Luxe
  Six-20 Kodak Model C
  Vest Pocket Autographic Kodak
  Vest Pocket Autographic Kodak Model B
  Vest Pocket Autographic Kodak Special
  Vest Pocket Hawk-Eye
  Vest Pocket Kodak
  Vest Pocket Kodak Model B
  Vest Pocket Kodak Series III
  Vest Pocket Kodak Special
See also
  Kodak Pathé Folding Cameras
  Convert a Six-16 Folding Camera for Use with 120 Film

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