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c1965. 126 cartridges, plastic, viewfinder camera.

Imperial Camera: Instant Load 900 camera

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by bill339 » Sat Apr 18, 2020 2:24 pm

The Imperial Instant Load 900 is a camera for type No. 126 film cartridges. It was made by Imperial Corporation Chicago, Illinois. It is a simple viewfinder camera, with a fixed-focus lens, fixed aperture, and a shutter with fixed speed (1/80 sec.). The shutter is synced to a flashcube socket, which has to be turned manually before the next flash exposure and inserting a flash cube does not change the shutter speed. Film advance is by thumbwheel on the top of the unit. It is the exact same camera as the Imperial Princess but using black plastic with white trim instead of all white plastic like the Princess. Other features of the 900 are an optical viewfinder, double exposure protection in the film advance mechanism, film frame count window in the back cover, and a handy carry wrist strap. The flash cube socket is powered by two AAA batteries held in the film compartment. The camera was manufactured under Eastman Kodak Patents by Imperial and introduced in 1965. It is 4.09" wide, 2.57" high (3.73" with flash cube), and 2.27" deep. The weight empty is 150 grams, with batteries, film & flashcube it is 208 grams. There are directions on a metal plate in the back for using the camera. That metal plate also has a square hole for the viewfinder. The original camera set came with two flash cubs, two AAA batteries, a 126 film cartridge, warranty registration card, 8”x 5 1/4” advertising poster, plus sold for $9.95 and was available with the official Boy Scout emblem.

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