Camera : Folding Pocket Kodak
Manufacturer : Eastman Kodak
Date : 1903-1915
PLACE MANUFACTURED: Rochester NY
FILM TYPE: 122 rollfilm
IMAGE SIZE: 2¼ x 4¼in
ORIGINAL PRICE: $78
Lens, Achromatic 105mm f/11, Shutter, Pocket Automatic, speeds I, B, T
Kodak produced seven models of the 3A Folding Pocket Kodak (thankfully abbreviated as 3A FPK). The models were known as B, B-2, B-3, B-4, B-5, C and G. The F.P.K. Automatic shutter was equipped with a pneumatic release. The original rubber hose and squeeze ball are still attached to the pneumatic cylinder. The shutter has one instantaneous speed plus time and bulb. The pneumatic release can prevent camera shake when using the time and bulb settings. The rubber hose and bulb are removable, but because of their size, they could also be left permanently attached, as they do not interfere with closing the camera. The 3A FPK created 3 1/4 x 5 1/2 inch postcard format images on Kodak 122 roll film. Kodak 122 film was first introduced for use in the 3A FPK and was available in four, six or ten exposure lengths.
Closed, the 3A FPK measures 9 1/2 x 4 3/4 x 1 7/8 inches. Kodak advertised this camera as fitting neatly in an “ordinary top-coat pocket”. Well, fashion is fickle. I think I’ll just carry my camera around in its fitted leather case. Californians don’t own top-coats, and none of my Levis have what you would call a roomy pocket. When introduced, the 3A FPK, fitted with Kodak’s top-of-the-line lens and shutter was priced as high as 78 US dollars. Seventy eight 1903 dollars placed the 3A FPK in Kodak’s top pricing tier. A variety of lens and shutter combinations were available for this camera. A 1912 Eastman Kodak catalog prices the 3A FPK with Kodak Ball Bearing shutter at 20 dollars, with Kodak Automatic shutter at 25 dollars and with Compound shutter and Zeiss Kodak anastigmatic lens at 61.40 dollars.
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