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Imperial CameraInsta-Flash 126

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c1965. 126 cartridges, simple, plastic camera. Folding flash.

Imperial Camera: Insta-Flash 126 camera

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by bill339 » Sat Mar 18, 2017 2:48 pm

The camera was introduced c1965 and uses the 126 film cartridges. It is a simple, plastic camera with a folding flash cover. This camera came in a kit that came complete with original camera, 126 film cartridge, AG 1 flash bulbs, Instruction pamphlet, and two AAA batteries. The back of the camera has an “Indoor Exposure Guide” that mentions Film types, corresponding flash bulbs, feet from object, and meters from object. Also on the back is a film view window for counting frames using the film numbered paper backing. Printed clearly under the film view window is “MFG. UNDER EASTMAN KODAK PATENTS BY IMPERIAL CAMERA CORPORATION” and under that is “Chicago, Ill 60612” plus “Msde in USA”. The batteries for the Insta-Flash 126 are located in front of the flash holder and have a difficult top to remove and replace. It has a rotary shutter with only one speed of 1/50 of a second. The camera has no double exposure protection and the lens is close to 35mm. The camera also has an optical view finder, right thumb film advance, and a handy carry strap.

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