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Throwback Thursday: Disc Film

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.

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

5 comments

  1. 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.
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  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).

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  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.

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  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!!

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  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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