Kodak No. 2

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Kodak No. 2

Postby Niner » Sun Feb 04, 2018 6:10 pm

I got a group of four cameras recently. Before shipping costs from Seattle they were $5 each.....but after shipping they are about $9.50 each. Whatever.... they were all classics for the collection and I bought them with profit from the sale of one camera I had nothing in.

The No. 2 Kodak was from sometime in the 1920's and used 120 film so I tried it out first. It was complete with box inside of box and instruction booklet. The instruction book and warranty has a page on the back to fill out and the year is marked 192__ You fill in the blank for the specific year in the 1920's.

The camera seemed fine enough. The shutter worked. The aperture controls seemed to work. There are only a few shutter speed selections. 25, 50, T, B. The apertures go 6.3 to 32. The suggested choice of shutter speed while guessing exposure is 25. Of course camera movement was something to be avoided as much as possible. Those aren't standard apertures by later universal standards. They are about half of standard on the low end to something like on the high end. Check out this site.
https://connealy.blogspot.com/2016/08/k ... ownie.html

Focus distance is controlled by how far you pull the according bellows out. There is a scale on the left side at the bottom of the bellows track. Furthest out is for "portrait" at about 8 to 25 feet. The middle is considered best for general sharpness and the furthest back mark is for distant to infinity.

Well... put in a roll of Acros 100 Neopan and went out to get the full eight images.

And.....neglected to check closely for pinhole light leaks. But.. if I can figure out how to cover the pinhole leaks I think this camera would take some good large negative shots.
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Re: Kodak No. 2

Postby Niner Delta » Sun Feb 04, 2018 8:26 pm

OMG...... ghosts in the trees......... :mrgreen:

Interesting how you can manage to get all these old cameras to work.
This one reminds me of the Polaroid Instant camera I bought back in '69.


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Re: Kodak No. 2

Postby Niner » Sun Feb 04, 2018 11:57 pm

When I die it may be noted that I shot more different guns and more different cameras and played on more different trumpets and cornets than anybody in my family tree had before.... going back to Adams off child, from whom I likely descended.... and I'll probably retain that record in perpetuity for as long as there are decedents related to me. Of course, nobody will note anything of the sort so it won't actually matter. But ......it's fun just the same.
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Re: Kodak No. 2

Postby Niner » Thu Feb 08, 2018 2:03 pm

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Saw this comment online that pinhole light leaks could be covered with spray on electrical tape . Said spray remains elastic and is black and covers light leaks. So I tried it and ran another roll through the camera.

Well... the pinhole leaks are hard to find even with a flashlight in the bellows in a totally dark room. And.. since most of the leaks are in the accordion folds they are hard to cover. In any case I did the best I could and set off. And the results.... less light leak but not completely. Also some of the images didn't come out in correct order and some of the images overlap. Then there is the one double exposure.... user error.

I also took another camera ... a Feldex 20 along. I'll make a comment about that one later.
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Re: Kodak No. 2

Postby Niner Delta » Thu Feb 08, 2018 6:20 pm

I like the double image, it almost gives the look of it being a reflection of itself.... :D

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Re: Kodak No. 2

Postby Niner » Thu Feb 08, 2018 7:47 pm

Can't do that with a digital camera. :bigsmile:
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Re: Kodak No. 2

Postby joseyclosey » Fri Feb 09, 2018 4:06 pm

It's nice to see you getting these old cameras going again Robert.
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Re: Kodak No. 2

Postby Niner » Fri Feb 09, 2018 5:46 pm

Thanks, Joe. I love encouragement. :bigsmile:

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