I was recently given a small number of old (vintage!) cameras that I initially just put in a bag under the table in my ‘cave’. Then my interest was sparked a little for some reason, so I dug them back out. Firstly I gave them a gentle clean to bring back a little of the their former glory then set about trying to figure out how they worked. It’s amazing how few buttons you actually need to take a photograph. Having failed to suss any of them out I set about researching them, initially to find out how old they were and then a bit more about their history and popularity.

Vintage Kodak 66 Model III web

The Kodak 66, shown above, was a folding camera that extended via a small sliding retainer on the front and was fitted with a telescope-type optical viewfinder. The red shutter release button is situated on top of the camera body. It was Kodak’s only post-war folder for 120 film, taking twelve 6x6cm exposures. Kodak Ltd manufactured the 66 in the UK between 1958 & 1960. This improved Model III had a 75mm f4.5 Anaston lens and a 5 speed Velio shutter capable of 1/200, 1/100, 1/50, 1/25, 1/10 + B speeds.