While the tiny 110 cartridge film has only tickled the fancy of film photographers in the recent years, this format was highly popular during its heydays. For those who have yet to learn about and shoot with 110 film, this timeline looks back at some of the notable milestones of this very compact format!
Following the success of its 126 cassette Instamatic cameras, Kodak introduces 110 cartridge film alongside the Kodak Pocket Instamatic cameras. Each 110 cassette contains 16mm wide film which is pre-exposed with with a border and frame numbers. It also has a single perforation per frame film advance and a paper backing printed with frame numbers. Kodak would continue to make 110 film cameras until 1994.
While the format was typically associated with print film, Kodak also introduced the Kodachrome 64 slide film in 110 cartridges in 1974, and manufactured the legendary emulsion in this compact format until 1982.
Minolta launches the Minolta 110 Zoom SLR, which became iconic for its unconventional design. As majority of 110 cameras sported a slim, pocketable design, Minolta followed suit with its own 110 format offering. However, instead of making a miniaturized version of the usual SLR cameras, Minolta retained the flattened shape, equipped a larger lens, and topped everything with a prism hump with a hotshoe.
Kodak introduces the Kodak Fling, its first single-use, fixed-focus camera loaded with Kodacolor 200 ISO film.
Pentax introduces the Pentax Auto 110, which became a landmark camera for being the smallest interchangeable lens SLR camera ever made. This teeny camera came with three lenses which also gave it the distinction of being the “only complete ultra-miniature SLR system” made for 110 format.
Forty years after the 110 format was introduced and a few years after major film manufacturers ceased production of 110 films, Lomography released its first 110 film, the Lomography B&W Orca 100 ISO 110. This ISO 100 traditional black and white film that yields contrasty monochromes in sunny conditions. It was succeeded by the introduction of two other films: the Color Tiger 200 ISO 110 and Lobster Redscale 110.
After years of discontinuation, Lomography reintroduces slide film for 110 format with the Lomography Peacock 200 ISO 110, which features brilliant citrus shades and cool blues when cross-processed and sharpness when developed in E6 processing.