Kodak Ciné Camera in Fitted Case

Cine Kodak 16mm Camera, 1923

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Cine Kodak 16mm Camera, 1923
The Kodak Collection at the National Media Museum, Bradford
Science Museum Group Collection

Cine-Kodak camera in fitted case by James Sinclair. Eastman Kodak Co. Cine camera for 16mm film, 100' or 50' loading. f/3.5, 50mm lens; hand-turned; direct and refelcting optical finder combined. Focusing and aperture controls on camera back. Serial No 02503. Sold complete with Kodascope projector, tripod and screen for $335. Available in US from June 1923. Introduced in Britain in 1924 when the outfit cost £88. From January 1924 items were available separately in the United States; camera $125. An electric motor drive for the camera was announced in May 1924. In July 1925,with the introduction of the Cine-Kodak B, this was renamed the Model A. Not listed in Kodak catalogue after 1930.

The Ciné-Kodak was the first 16mm camera, introduced in 1923 by the Eastman Kodak Company, intended to be used for home movie making. It was solidly made with a diecast metal body and capacity for 100 feet of film, enough for four minutes. The camera was hand turned, although a motor drive unit was available. The Cine-Kodak outfits - camera, tripod, projector, splicer and screen - sold in America for $335. The apparatus was not cheap, but the running costs were very much lower than other systems, 16mm film cost about one fifth of the cost of equivalent 35mm film.


Kodak Collection
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white metal (unknown), glass and leather
overall: 240 mm x 132 mm x 216 mm,
16 mm cine camera
The Kodak Collection at the National Media Museum, Bradford