Kodak No. 00 Cartridge Premo (1916)


Kodak No. 00 Cartridge Premo

    The No. 00 Cartridge Premo was an American box camera made from 1916 to 1922 in Rochester, NY. It took No. 35 rollfilm (NOT 135) and makes 6 pictures per roll-- each picture is 24% bigger than a standard full frame camera. It was sold for 75 cents and was aimed toward children.

    The whole camera except for the hardware and the front frame is made of cardboard. 

    The lens is a glass meniscus of about 55mm and f/11. It has a simple rotary shutter with a 1/25s speed and Time, accessed with the switch on the front. 

    The back is removed by pulling out the winding key. The film is loaded into the holder and the back replaced. The film is wound on with the key and spacing is determined by a ruby window in the back. 

    What may be strange to most users is the lack of a viewfinder; the user is expected to use the V lines on the panels of the camera to compose the image. This is the same method that the original 1888 Kodak camera used. In actuality, you don't really aim the camera, you just point it in the general direction of the subject.

    For what it is, a 100 year old toy, it makes acceptable images. I cannot recommend one to most people due to the drawn out process of spooling film for it and its large price that it commands today.

Scale with Matchbox.

Scale with Pocket Kodak.


Sample Images (Compressed, pardon quality)





 

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