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No.3B Quick Focus Kodak Camera. 1906 - 10

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Vintage & Classic Cameras6 of 115London Transport Souvenir Camera. Late 1990s.Manhattan Optical Company, Bo Peep Camera. 1898
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    Posted 2 years ago

    rniederman
    (307 items)

    Before exclusively acquiring early wood and brass cameras, some delightful stuff made its way through my collection. While cleaning my archives, I came across pictures of cameras that once held honored places in my collection.

    For a while I went through a “Kodak” phase and looked for innovative cameras, and this No.3B Quick Focus Kodak (Model C) had a wonderfully quirky design. At first glance, it looks like an ordinary leather covered box camera with a carrying handle and small viewing lenses. But it had a special feature that, in practice, made it very novel.

    The photographer would estimate the distance to the subject and then turn a dial on the side of the body to correspond with the focusing distance; in effect presetting the focus. Upon pushing the shutter button, the front of the camera popped out to the proper focus point and a picture was taken!

    Oddly, it worked surprisingly well and I found the camera amusing. The $12.00 Quick Focus Kodak is a very uncommon model and only about 9,000 were made. The 10 exposure film cartridge made 3¼ x 5½ inch pictures.

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    1. SEAN68 SEAN68, 2 years ago
      love this camera Rob!!!
    2. rniederman rniederman, 2 years ago
      Thanks, antiquerose!
    3. rniederman rniederman, 2 years ago
      Thanks, racer4four!
    4. purvis purvis, 2 years ago
      Great presentation of your camera .
    5. Brunswick Brunswick, 2 years ago
      Love the black finish on this 'Kodak Moment'!!
      T.
    6. rniederman rniederman, 2 years ago
      Thanks!
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    7. rniederman rniederman, 2 years ago
      Thanks!
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    8. rniederman rniederman, 2 years ago
      Thanks!
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      Thanks!
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    10. rniederman rniederman, 2 years ago
      Thanks!
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    11. rniederman rniederman, 2 years ago
      Thanks!
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    12. rniederman rniederman, 2 years ago
      Thanks!
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    13. rniederman rniederman, 2 years ago
      Thanks!
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    14. rniederman rniederman, 2 years ago
      Thanks, Sean!
    15. dlpetersen, 2 years ago
      A Great Collection Thanks for sharing.
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      Thanks!
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    17. rniederman rniederman, 2 years ago
      Thanks, AnythingObscure!

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