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Lomopedia: Kodak Pony II

An interesting model from Kodak's Pony line of cameras, the 35mm Pony II used exposure value cards for shooting with different films. Find out more about this classic Kodak shooter from the 1950s in this installment of Lomopedia!

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Introduced by Kodak in 1957 and produced until 1962, the Pony II was a 35mm bakelite camera dubbed by some as an enigmatic camera. It only had a single speed (some say 1/120 sec.) and used an EV (exposure value) system/value scale instead of traditional f/stops on the lens. The camera’s back had a slot for putting the EV cards. Its upper part was redesigned to have a unique “late 1950s look” compared to previous Kodak Pony models.

Kodak Pony II was marketed as a starter camera for those who want to try out color slide photography, as mentioned in this TV commercial from 1957. Even if the Pony II was solidly built, the EV system never really caught on and frustrated many users.

Technical Specifications:

  • Transparency Size: 24 × 36mm
  • Film Size: Kodak 135 Magazine; 20 or 36 exposure for black-and-white and Kodachrome; 20 exposures for Kodak Ektachrome Film
  • Lens: Kodak Anastar 44mm, f/3.9, Lumenized
  • Exposure Value Scale: 9.5 to 15
  • Combination Lens Attachments: Series 5; 1 1/8" slip-on Kodak Adapter Ring; Kodak Filter Kit No. 1041
  • Flash: Built-in synchronization for No. 5, 25, or M-2 flash lamps
  • Exposure Cards: For all popular Kodak films. Slide into holder on back of the camera
  • Rapid Loading: No threading required
  • Body: Tough, durable, impact-resistant phenolic resin with metal trim
  • Finish: Black with brushed chrome-finished or aluminum metal parts
  • Tripod Socket: Standard tripod thread for tripod
  • Serial Number: Stamped on bottom of camera

All information for this article were sourced from Kodak Pony on Camerapedia, Mark’s Photographica, Kodak Pony II User Manual on Butkus, and Photo.net.

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