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Kodak Junior Pocket Camera No. 1

I finally got around to getting some film developed and scanned, I’m pretty excited because one of the cameras I used is almost a 100 years old. The Kodak Junior pocket camera No. 1, here’s a photo:

I modified a roll of black and white 120 film to fit into the huge 616 back. It’s not very hard to do unlike the kodak duaflex which take 220. The negatives are so big that on a normal 120 roll I can take 4 photographs. I’m somewhat happy that the images came out, they’re not particularly amazing photographs, I was pretty excited just to use it so I shot pretty much whatever. For some reason though only two shots came out. I think I accidentally exposed part of the roll. Next time I’ll have to remove the film in a darkroom bag. Also, with the film not filling the entire backing and the eye piece not through the lens, it’s all sort of a guess when it comes to how to compose the frame, so this camera will probably be used just for landscapes and not portraits until I can get the hang of it.

I took these two shots at a local pumpkin patch just before halloween.


Here my friend Jason McCaffery picks out squashes.


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    Feb 24, 2011 @ 12:56 am


  2. Nichole

    I recently found a camera of the same one that you took those photos with. Honestly I’m a complete amateur when it comes to cameras but I really want to learn how to use one of these cameras because it’s a family heirloom and it seems to be in good enough condition to use.Like I said I’m a complete amateur but do you have any advice as to how to use this?

    Feb 07, 2014 @ 9:56 pm


  3. Joe Philipson

    slap some 120 film into it and go make pictures. 😉

    Feb 12, 2014 @ 9:38 am


  4. Stephanie Baker

    So regular 120 film works? How do you modify it? I just got this camera in the mail today. I’m kind of really excited to try it out if it works…just gotta play around with it and figure out focusing

    May 07, 2014 @ 1:15 pm


  5. Joe Philipson

    You have snip down the plastic spool with some nail clippers and then thin it out with a sander or widdle it with knife. Does that help?

    May 09, 2014 @ 1:12 pm

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