Milestones of the 110 Film Format

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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!

Kodak Pocket Instamatic 100 with 110 film presented during the 1972 Photokina in Germany. Photo via Wikipedia


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.

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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.

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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.

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Kodak introduces the Kodak Fling, its first single-use, fixed-focus camera loaded with Kodacolor 200 ISO film.

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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.

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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.

In the same year, the famous Diana and Fisheye cameras get the 110 treatment with the launch of the Diana Baby 110 and Fisheye Baby 110 cameras.

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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.

All information for this article were sourced from Wikipedia, Camera Wiki, and Photographic Resource Center at Boston University.

written by plasticpopsicle on 2014-04-30 #lifestyle #110-film #lomography #timeline-history #110-cartridge-format


  1. raymac
    raymac ·

    Great article! I have a Minolta 110 Zoom and a Pentax Auto 110 with the 24mm prime and the 20-40 zoom, both superb cameras. i love them

  2. fujichrome100
    fujichrome100 ·

    I have 4 fairly good 110 cameras. My army (as I call it) consists of a supasnaps flicker, Kodak Ektralite 400, Kodak Pocket Instamatic 100 in red and white and a Halina BMT motor drive. All great cameras!

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