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Kodak EastmanHawk-Eye Instamatic I

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1963-1967. 126 cartridge camera.

Kodak Eastman: Hawk-Eye Instamatic I camera

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by bill339 » Sat May 02, 2020 5:27 pm

The Hawkeye Instamatic is a 126 film cartridge camera and was introduced in 1963 and discontinued in 1967. The camera has a two connector hot shoe made for the Kodak “Instamatic” Flasholder that used the AG-1B type bulbs. There is a flash on/off switch on the face of the camera with three icons of an off flash, on flash, and a flash bulb next to them both. The shutter is loaded with the film advance lever and the shutter release button was unlocked when the single hole in each frame (like 828 film) of the film let a pin located in the film compartment enter it and stop the advance plus unlock the shutter release button. The camera produced twelve 3 ½ inch (9cm) x 3 ½ inch (9cm) prints (Verichrome, Pan B&W) (Kodacolor-X) or twenty 2 inch (5cm) x 2 inch (5cm) color transparencies (Kodochrome-X/Ektachrome-X). This fixed focus camera minimum focus distance is 4 feet (1.2m) with about a 43mm lens and fixed aperture of f/11. The shutter speed is about 1/40 to 1/50 of a second with or without the flash switch on. Other features are a film and frame count widow in the back cover, an eye level optical viewfinder, double exposure protection, hard point to attach a carry strap, and of course the ease plus quickness of loading and unloading 126 cartridge film. You could purchase a Kodak carry case 940, a Kodisk cloud filter for Verichrome film only, a Kodisk close-up lens as close as 21 inches (.54m), a Kodisk haze filter for color slides of sea, snow, and distance views, and a Kodisk lens hood for marine, beach, and snow scenes. These are Kodisk lens attachments were listed under Kodik attachments #320. The camera listed for Less than $18.00 in 1963 and if you were wondering where the Hawkeye name came from, here is the explanation. The Boston Camera Company was the original owner of the Hawk-Eye camera until the Blair Camera Company bought them in 1890. Hawk-Eye cameras then changed hands again in 1907 when Eastman Kodak bought Blair which was then changed into a division of Kodak called the Blair Camera Division after the plant was relocated to Rochester, NY.

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