Photography and commentary from John Fujimagari

Garage Sale Time Is Here!

Kokak No 3Sideview

This little beauty is a No. 3 Folding Pocket Kodak Model C-4 and I found it this year at a garage sale!

I have a very small collection of antique cameras. Some of them work and some don’t, and some would work if you could get film for them.

Lens And Shutter  Manual Focus

This is by far the oldest camera that I own. The focus is manual; adjusted by squeezing the discs at the front lens mount and moving the assembly in or out.

Focusing Range  Right Hand Scale

You match the silver pointer to the appropriate distance for your subject and you’re done. A somewhat crude but effective method.


The viewfinder is also quite simple. I like what appears to be hand engraving of the Kodak name on the shade/cover.

Back Plate

The inside of the back cover shows patents up to November 6, 1906. I think that I can assume that it would have to be made after the last patent date.

3A Folding Pocket Kodak

This shows a 1909 ad for a very similar camera. From uwekulick on Flickr.

Eastman Kokak

Once a giant of the photographic industry, Eastman Kodak managed to build this camera that has lasted over 100 years, but they didn’t have the foresight to survive the digital onslaught. They saw it coming and pioneered digital cameras then lost direction. Building thousands of photo kiosks to replace their rapidly dwindling photo processing market, they left camera manufacturing. Sadly, I see little hope for the company that George Eastman built, and no sympathy, respect or loyalty from the churning maw that is our stock markets. Hopefully these cameras will stand as a testament to a once great company.

And on a side note, I picked this camera up for $20!

In the best light…

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