Throwback Thursday: Disc Film

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The disc film format was introduced by Kodak in 1982. It was a consumer-oriented product where the film was arranged in a flat disc and housed within a plastic cartridge.

Since the film rotated on a disc instead of around a spool, the disc film, along with the compatible cameras, were very thin. Each disc held fifteen 11 × 8 mm exposures which are spaced 24° apart.

Image via Heck Yeah, Old Tech!

However, while the film format held great promise (technically speaking), it did not prove to be commercially successful as many labs did not print the negatives using specialized lenses from Kodak – thus, consumers ended up with enlarged images that had poor definition.

This format was officially discontinued in 1999.

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written by geegraphy on 2013-06-20 in #lifestyle #throwback-thursday #disc-film #vintage #kodak #analogue-lifestyle #ads

5 Comments

  1. callencoss
    callencoss ·

    Nice! The Kodak Disc 4000 was the first camera that was actually mine. My parents gave it to me for Christmas when I was 13 years old. I took it everywhere. The camera is long gone but I'm sure those discs are still in a chest at my Mom's house.

  2. kevinhodur
    kevinhodur ·

    I had one of those; can't remember which model. I took wonderfully awful photos with it (as opposed to the wonderfully awful photos I take now).

  3. alburnkat
    alburnkat ·

    What frustrated me was when the battery died there was no way to change it, I sent two cameras back to Kodak just to get the battery changed. I still have all my old disc negs and some from my grandfather too.

  4. herbert-4
    herbert-4 ·

    About throwbacks, how about LSI bring back Kodak's old 115 roll film with a box camera, using a Packard style shutter and fitting Belair lenses. Think 4 1/2 x 6 1/2 negatives!! Bring back 1889!!

  5. neanderthalis
    neanderthalis ·

    I think someone in my family had one of these. I do not remember what the pictures looked like.

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