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Kodak KB 10: An old friend

While cleaning my room, I was reunited with an old friend, the Kodak KB 10.

During my early years in highschool, my godfather gave me a compact camera and a watch.
I was interested for a bit, but back then, my interest on computers shoved away the camera;
I took a couple of shots (15! Says the frame counter) and forgot about it…

It became nothing but a faint memory in my head.

Then a week ago, a storm hit the city; I decided not to go to work. I slept more then I got up late.
There was electricity but the internet was down, so I had nothing to do.
I remembered about something that pushed me to clean my closet (literally); When I managed to finish without getting lazy, I continued cleaning my room.

But then, it hit me; I remembered having a film camera somewhere around here. I searched through the room but to no avail. So I decided to finish cleaning it and rewarding myself with a long bath.
While looking around my room, I decided on reusing a small plastic box that’s been lying on my desk near my fan.

I took out the items to prepare it for cleaning, and there it was… my old friend: Kodak KB 10.
It still had a roll in it (which is around 7 years old) with 15 frames down (says the frame counter); I remembered it having a Kodak Max film.
I googled the camera model and i found out that it had these specifications:

Lens: 30 mm, 2-element ashperic lens
Aperture: ƒ/8.0
Focus Distance: 1.2 m (4.0 ft.) to infinity
Shutter Speed: 1/100 second
ISO Equivalent: ISO 100, 200, 400, 800
Power Options: (2) AA 1.5-volt alkaline batteries
Source: http://www.kodak.com/eknec/PageQuerier.jhtml?pq-path=1717&pq-locale=tr_TR

I did test shots around the house and brought it to the lab last week and I got my prints back from the lab today.
Here are the old photos:

And here are the new photos:

It has an optical viewfinder and a built-in flash. It has no switch for the flash, so if you put batteries on it, you WILL get flash. It works without batteries, though. For me, its best features are the rewinding mechanism and the frame counter. That’s because of the audible clicks you hear whenever you rewind one frame back and the frame counter has a tick from 1 to 40. Yay for MX!
I will be using it and feed it some more films. Lomo on! :D

written by feelux

5 comments

  1. priyankamehta13

    priyankamehta13

    Hey I'm using the same little Kodak :-D
    I'm curious to know how you do double exposures on it , and if you have anymore tips on how to create funky pictures like the one where there's a yellow line on the left side in the picture of your room.
    But more on double exposures :-D

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  2. feelux

    feelux

    @priyankamehta13 The yellow line is a strong light leak. For the double exposures, shoot once, turn the rewind knob until it tightens and hold it that way, press the rewind button below, advance the film and shoot again! :D

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  3. priyankamehta13

    priyankamehta13

    Thank you! I will have to be brave and try it out. I keep thinking I'll ruin the entire roll of film or the camera by doing these things :-P
    I also asked the old man at the photo lab near my house and he got shocked and said no the entire camera will break -.- but since you've tried it on the same model, it can't be so bad :-D

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  4. feelux

    feelux

    @priyankamehta13 Do experiment often, it's what Lomography is about! :D Plus, that same method is applicable to some rangefinders too as far as i know :)

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  5. priyankamehta13

    priyankamehta13

    Thanks so much again :-)

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