Vest Pocket Kodak Special- so pretty

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  1. IanG

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    The Houghton Ensignette was the first Vest Pocket camera, patented in 1907 introduced 1909 and taking Ensign E1 (later E28 - Kodak 128) - 1 1⁄2 ×2 1⁄4 in, 6 shots, or the later 1912larger model EnsignE2 (later E29 Kodak 129) - 1 7⁄8 × 3 in, 6 shots.

    Later Ensignettes took 127 film. The Goerz Vest Pocket Tenax of 1909 took plates not roll film.

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    The first camera that used the name "Vest Pocket," perhaps, but not the first to use 127 film. As noted above, that honor goes to Kodak's Vest Pocket cameras.
     
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    The 121 roll film format for the 1902 Kodak 0 Folding Pocket camera was the same width film as 127, however probably not as narrow diameter core as a 127 spool, similar to a 120 spool compared to the much smaller diameter 620 spool.

    So here we have Kodak changing one of their existing film format slightly for their new Vest Pocket camera, a much slimmer camera when folded.

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    Well two interesting finds within the space of two weeks.
    This one I got for a song.
    Kodak Special 3A Autographic from around 1916. One of the first coupled rangefinder cameras. Looks like it was an expensive camera to buy in 1916 too at $109.00!

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    A 110 camera :D Very nice

    What's the lens ? I have a 170mm f7.7 Kodak Anastigmat (a Dialyte) in a Velosto shutter, the registered trade name "Optima" was already in use by a UK camera manufacturer so the Wollensak shutters were re-named for the UK market. I'm fairly sure my lens is off a 3a.

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    Top price of an 3a Autographic Kodak, Special was with a 6¾" B&L Tessar was $77 in 1916.

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    Looks like it's a 170mm 6.3. Don't think it's a Tessar. Has Rochester Optical on the outer side.
    Wow that was expensive in those days Ian!
     
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    It's not a Tessar as Bausch and Lomb were the only US company licensed to make Tessars and they weren't copied by other companies until after WW1 and the Patent had expired.

    Kodak did sell the Autographic 3a Special with a Bausch & Lomb 6¾" f6.3 Tessar for $77, or a Bausch & Lomb Kodak Anastigmat 6¾" f6.5 for $66, and then your version with a Kodak Anastigmat 6¾" f6.3 for $55. All three lenses were in the Optimo shutter.

    Rochester Optical had been taken over by Kodak in 1903 so would have made the Kodak Anastigmats unless marked otherwise.

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