KODAK Instamatic 25


My first camera. It was July 25, 1977 …: it seems that it was yesterday! This day I receive my first camera. It was ugly, quite ugly, and it was using a cartridge with the movie. I believe (believe no: I´m sure) that in the first spool that I used with this camera, there was not even only one photo that was not going out blurred:!! In this way everything began …

The first characteristic that can stand out of this camera is the perfect accommodation to the #6 rule: Don´t think ! Just shoot!
The truth is that it is not possible to do anything more with her.
It is necessary only to “point” at what we want to photograph, to select one of the two speeds: Its speed selector can be shifted from the sun symbol (1/90 sec) to the half-sun symbol (1/40 sec).
The Kodak 1:11/43mm lens has a fixed focusing and fixed aperture and … nothing more !!!

The film format that uses this camera is 126. It was presented by KODAK in 1963 (Photokina 63). To make easily the movie load in the camera, the 35 mm film (28 × 28) was inside a rigid cartridge, as in case of the format 110.
The perforations of the film are one per still. A small window in the rear part of the cartridge (and its correspondent in the camera), allow to know at all times, the number of the still that is used.
KODAK stopped his production in 1999. I have just found out, on having written these lines, of which the Italian mark Ferrania still made it until 2007. Their product was an ISO 200 color print movie marketed under their Solaris brand.
The Kodak Instamatic 25 Camera is a viewfinder camera for Kodapak film cartridges. The Instamatic 25 was made from 1966 to 1972 by Kodak Ltd. (England) and Kodak Spain, to a design by Kenneth Grange. The flash shoe is for Kodalux bulb flashes. The camera weighs only 150 g.
The image size is actually 28 × 28 mm, but usually reduced to approximately 26.5 × 26.5 mm by masking during printing or mounting.

The film was originally available in 12 and 20 image lengths; at the time they stopped production it was only available in 24 exposure cartridges. Like the 120 format, there is a continuous backing paper, and the frame number and type is visible through a window at the rear of the cartridge. The film does not need to be rewound, and is very simple to load and unload.
The format was introduced by Kodak under the brand name Kodapak, together with the Instamatic camera. Although the Instamatic name is sometimes treated as synonymous with the 126 format, Kodak also used it on its later 110-format cameras, which they called Pocket Instamatic.

written by jaalvarez on 2009-12-28 in #reviews #25 #b-w #126 #kodak-instamatic-25 #amateur #jaalvarez #spain #instamatic #kodak


  1. mcrstar
    mcrstar ·

    great review, oldschool photos (i like #'s 1,5,6,8 and 9)!

  2. satomi
    satomi ·

    Really beautiful shots! All the shots give out such nice feelings...I specially love those shots of the cats!!!

  3. adi_totp
    adi_totp ·

    no 1 !! love it!

  4. lomosexual_manboy
    lomosexual_manboy ·

    Amazingly retro.

  5. dogma
    dogma ·

    Cool thing :) nice pictures!

  6. jaalvarez
    jaalvarez ·

    Thanks a lot to everybody !!!
    It would be nice to meet again the 110 and 126 film ...

  7. bobdarrell
    bobdarrell ·

    me gusta mucho

  8. deff1
    deff1 ·

    Great Shots! I've got a 56x.

  9. eva_eva
    eva_eva ·


  10. japsix
    japsix ·

    oh! this cam looks so cute!!!

  11. japsix
    japsix ·

    and you know, i love this shots!!! they are BEAUTIFUL!!

  12. tallgrrlrocks
    tallgrrlrocks ·

    Oh Wow! I saw an exact same camera sitting in my mum's ancient chest of drawers several months ago. I dusted off the little beauty and is now sitting proudly on display at home. Too bad I can't get it to work anymore, but good thing it can serve as a quiet reminder of the evolution of analogue photography. Great review!

  13. tallgrrlrocks
    tallgrrlrocks ·

    Oh I forgot to add that my mum's was an England edition :)

  14. freedomtruthlove
    freedomtruthlove ·

    Can you buy film for it nowdays? I'm looking to buy an old working one online, but I'm not sure as to what film I can use. I'm new to film cameras, I own a fish-eye lomo camera and am looking to start a collection of old vintage cameras. What would work? 35mm film with paper on back?

  15. bikeygeek
    bikeygeek ·

    This was my second camera, I was very young 8 or so and I found it a dog to use was always trying to correct the offset of the view finder, was a bit of a perfectionist. My first camera was a second hand box brownie from the 1930's, which gave better results! So funny seeing it again brings back all my memories wandering round the garden seriously taking photographs. Love your photos with it!

  16. stickyvinny
    stickyvinny ·

    Beautiful shots!

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