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Vintage Cameras Through The Ages

Showcase of Vintage and Antique Cameras with Photos, Description and History

All images in this section are the Copyright of 'Proper Job Productions'

Butchers Magic Lantern1. Seeking information on old vintage and antique cameras to identify and learn more about them or just interested learning something about the origin and development of photography then visit our Camera Showcase Album.

Exposure Guides for some select cameras are given in the charts below and info on Film Stock for a wide range of old vintage cameras is given in our Film Stock Info Table, which includes information for each make and model of camera the Formats, the years introduced and discontinued, whether it's black and white or colour and the Host Programs.

2. Seeking a Professional Photographer for Product Photography in the Bristol/Bath area then view our sample Product Photography Gallery, for more information email me at Proper Job Productions.


Many of the cameras displayed in the Camera Showcase are Kodak cameras manufactured by the Eastman Kodak Company in Rochester, New York, America founded by George Eastman in 1888. Info on the Autographic Feature and Exposure Times for some of the Vintage and Antique Eastman Kodak cameras featured in our Camera Showcase are given below.

Autographic Feature of Vintage Kodak Cameras

Provided Autographic Film is used the Autographic Feature enables to be recorded on the negative at the time of exposure (when the photo is taken) by pushing back a sliding-door (narrow slit) on the back of the camera and using a stylus writing on the back of the negative before winding the film on.  Information that can be permanently recorded on the negative would include the name of place, name of subject or person and the date etc.

Exposure Guide for Kodak Models featured in our Camera Showcase

Kodak Cartridge Hawk-Eye Model B#1 - Canadian Kodak No.2 Cartridge Hawk-Eye – Model B 1913-1930

Indoor Exposure Guide
 

Bright sun

Hazy sun Cloudy bright Cloudy dull
Seconds
Minutes Seconds Minutes Seconds Minutes Seconds
White walls and more than one window
4
 
10
 
20
 
40
White walls and only one window
6
 
15
 
30
1
 
Medium coloured walls and hangings with more than one window
8
 
20
 
40
1
20
Medium coloured walls and hangings with only one window
12
 
30
1
 
2
 
Dark coloured walls and hangings with more than one window
20
 
40
1
20
2
40
Dark coloured walls and hangings with only one window
40
1
20
2
40
5
20

Outdoor Exposure
On sunny days or when just light clouds exposure should be made as quickly as possible. On days with heavy clouds (grey, overcast sky) exposure should be from one to three seconds.


Kodak No 0 Brownie Model A#2 - Eastman Kodak No. 0 Brownie camera model A 1916 (Film 127) 1914-1935

Indoor Exposure Guide
 

Bright sun

Hazy sun Cloudy bright Cloudy dull
Seconds
Seconds
Minutes Seconds Minutes Seconds
White walls and more than one window
2
5
 
10
 
20
White walls and only one window
3
8
 
15
 
30
Medium coloured walls and hangings with more than one window
4
10
 
20
 
40
Medium coloured walls and hangings with only one window
6
15
 
30
1
 
Dark coloured walls and hangings with more than one window
10
20
 
40
1
20
Dark coloured walls and hangings with only one window
20
40
1
20
2
40

Outdoor Exposure
On sunny days or when just light clouds exposure should be made as quickly as possible. On days with heavy clouds (grey, overcast sky) exposure should be from one to three seconds.


Kodak No2 Brownie Box Model F#3 - Kodak Brownie - No 2 Brownie Model F (Film 120) 1924

Indoor Exposure Guide
 

Bright sun

Hazy sun Cloudy bright Cloudy dull
Seconds
Seconds
Minutes Seconds Minutes Seconds
White walls and more than one window
2
5
 
10
 
20
White walls and only one window
3
8
 
15
 
30
Medium coloured walls and hangings with more than one window
4
10
 
20
 
40
Medium coloured walls and hangings with only one window
6
15
 
30
1
 
Dark coloured walls and hangings with more than one window
10
20
 
40
1
20
Dark coloured walls and hangings with only one window
20
40
1
20
2
40

Outdoor Exposure

Sunny: As quick as possible
Light Clouds: 0.5 to 1 second
Heavy Clouds: 2 to 5 seconds

Stops

1 The Largest 'Stop' for normal instantaneous exposures.
2-3 The Middle 'Stops' for instantaneous exposures when in strong sunlight and no heavy shadows e.g. seashore or tropical climates.
4 The Smallest 'Stop' for time exposures outside when cloudy or overcast.

Kodak Vest Pocket Model B#4 - Vest Pocket Kodak Model B (A127 film) 1925-1934

Outdoor Exposure Guide

Subject

Stop Opening

Shutter Speed

Nearby landscapes showing little or no sky; nearby subjects in open field, park or garden; Street scenes.

Moving Objects:  When photographing a moving object such as a runner, train or an automobile, the subject should be traveling towards or away from the camera at an angle of about 45 degrees

1
I

Ordinary landscapes showing sky, with a principal object in the foreground

2
I

Snow, marine and beach scenes; extremely distant landscapes and mountains

3
I

Portraits in the open shade (not under trees or the roof of a porch); shaded nearby scenes and narrow and slightly shaded streets.

3
T - of one second

The exposure in the table is for 2.5 hours after sunrise and 2.5 hours before sunset on a bright sunny day. Before or after this period during daylight or if it is slightly cloudy or hazy use the next larger stop opening than the one specified.  The higher the number the smaller the opening.

Largest Stop Opening is 1.

I = Instantaneous (snapshot) Exposure

T = Time exposure

 

Indoor Exposure Guide
 

Bright sun

Hazy sun Cloudy bright Cloudy dull
Seconds
Minutes Seconds Minutes Seconds Minutes Seconds
White walls and more than one window
4
 
10
 
20
 
40
White walls and only one window
6
 
15
 
30
1
 
Medium coloured walls and hangings with more than one window
8
 
20
 
40
1
20
Medium coloured walls and hangings with only one window
12
 
30
1
 
2
 
Dark coloured walls and hangings with more than one window
20
 
40
1
20
2
40
Dark coloured walls and hangings with only one window
40
1
20
2
40
5
20

 

Depth of Focus
Stop Opening (Diaphragm) Range of Sharpness
1
7.5 feet to Infinity
2
7.3 feet to Infinity
3
5 feet to Infinity
4
4 feet to Infinity

For additional information on these and other cameras visit Historic Camera.


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