Age old relics...

by Jack Mathews September. 05, 2019 358 views

Something a little different today!

I was in a small antiques shop a few months ago just shortly after my 22nd Birthday and stumbled upon two items that I absolutely fell in love with!

Almost like real magic...

Almost like real magic...

The first item was the Kopil Zoom-EE III A8. A true throwback to the olden days of film. Included was the original case, a pistol grip like handle and one roll of film. I can't quite put my finger on what drew me to this camera but I have a true appreciation for all it's little intricate details.



I bet this some amazing memories were filmed..

I bet this some amazing memories were filmed..

On the one side is a mechanism which I presume winds the film, amazingly it still appears to work and the noise it makes is like something from a 1970s horror movie.

Sadly I have found it extremely difficult to find any details regarding this camera, there are other types and some appear quite collectible.

The second item I found in that small nostalgic shop was this...

A Kodak EK300 Instant Camera! Now this is where it gets interesting as there is a LOT of controversy surrounding this. Way back in 1978 these cameras were all the rage, Polaroid kicked off the trend and of course Kodak wanted a slice of the action.

However the success of the Ek300 was short lived as Polaroid filed a law suit against Kodak for copyright infringement meaning Kodak were no longer allowed to sell the camera - yeah a pretty sad ending to what could've been a great story.

As soon as I got home I scoured the internet looking for suitable instant film to bring this camera back to life. I was confronted with the harsh reality that because of the Polaroid lawsuit Kodak were also prohibited from producing the film needed for this camera - PR10/Pr144.

Despite my failing to bring the camera back to life it still fascinates me to think how many memories it must have printed within it's short life. It's also sad to think the owner of those memories may have long since passed...

Just a short one from me today, I hope you enjoyed reading! If anyone has any more details on these two cameras please let me know!

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Berckmans Peter 11 months, 1 week ago

Love vintage cameras and lenses. hope they work and you can use them. Good fun. on you tube they show how to use new instax film in the kodak.

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Jack Mathews Replied to Berckmans Peter 11 months, 1 week ago

I'll have to take a look! I have one reel of film for the Kopil but scared to waste it!

11 months, 1 week ago Edited