KAMERA NA MEH / MEHOVKA ZA ZVITI FILM (3 x 5 inch). Znamka – NO.3-A AUTOGRAPHIC KODAK CAMERA. Proizvajalec – EASTMAN KODAK Co., Rochester, ZDA, 1914-1934. Hrani Tehniški muzej Bistra, inv. št. 31
In 1917, Eastman Kodak introduced the world’s first coupled rangefinder on their top-of-the-line 3-A Autographic Kodak Special cameras. It can be seen as the rectangular housing just below the shutter. The basic camera with the standard shutter and lens cost about $30, however, these cameras were offered with a number of exotic shutter and lens combinations. Some combinations such as this Compur shutter and Ross Homocentric lens could easily bring the price up to $120–about $3,500 in current dollars. The ‘Autographic’ refers to a feature that allowed the user to inscribe information with a stylus on the backing of the film through a small slot in the back of the camera. Kodak sold a special “Autographic” film that was for use with these cameras. What made the film special was a layer of carbon paper between the paper backing and the film. The Autographic cameras had a little sliding door or port on the back of the camera. The user could write captions on the back of the negatives using a stylus supplied with the camera (it looks like a nutpick)to write through the paper backing onto the film via the carbon paper. Look for the stylus in a pair of clips on the back of the camera just beneath the leather handle. Interestingly, these historically significant cameras are still seen fairly often, and the very best ones often sell for less than their original prices. Text and photos courtesy of Milan Zahorcak.