In the heap of broken glass that is the Kodak bankruptcy, here’s one particularly sharp shard: Kodak is getting out of the camera-making business, which it entered in 1888.
It’s not a surprise; even back in the glory days, Kodak (and Polaroid too) made most of their money on film, and cameras were secondary. Moreover, Kodak was rarely in the first tier of camera manufacturers. Most of its products were snapshot instruments, some better than others. (Remember the disc camera? Tiny negatives, all grain once they were enlarged.) But still: there were exceptions, and you can still use them.
For example, the Kodak Reflex, from the 1940s, can keep up with a Rolleiflex, and it’s much cheaper on eBay.
And this one is nothing special, but I have to mention it: The Kodak Jiffy Six-20, circa 1935. It was, I think, the first camera ever owned by anyone in my family—my Papou bought it around the time my grandparents married—and I still have it. I like being able to photograph my mother with the same lens that produced pictures of her as a small child.
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