Cameras of the 1880s
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Kodak (original)1888
2 Kodak
3 Kodak
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5 Folding Kodak *
5 Folding Kdk stereo
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A Ordinary
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3 Kodet
4 Kodet
3 Folding Kodet
4 Folding Kodet hor.
4 Folding Kodet ver.
4 Folding Kodet Jr.
4 Folding Kodet Spec
5 Folding Kodet
5 Folding Kodet Spec
Flat Folding Kodak
Boston Bulls-Eye
4x5 Boston Bulls-Eye
Pocket Kodak
2 Falcon
2 Bull's-Eye
2 Bull's Eye Special
2 Folding Bull's-Eye
3 Bull's-Eye
4 Bull's-Eye
4 Bull's-Eye Special
2 Bullet of 1895
2 Bullet Improved
2 Bullet Special
4 Bullet
4 Bullet Special '98
4 Bullet Special C
3 Cartridge Kodak
4 Cartridge Kodak
5 Cartridge Kodak
2 Plico / Flexo
2 Eureka
2 Eureka Junior
3 Zenith
9x12 Zenith
4 Zenith
4 Eureka
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No. 3 Kodet (1894)

This in an extremely rare camera!

There are two sizes of Kodet box cameras:

  • the No. 4 Kodet for 4 x 5 inch pictures
  • the No. 3 Kodet for 3 1/4 x 4 1/4 inch (8 x 11 cm) photos.
Both cameras were produced in the US, but the No. 3 Kodet was made for the UK market only. It was introduced in 1894 and discontinued in 1896. 405 were manufactured and it is a very rare camera today.

In my categorization the No. 3 Kodet falls in the class of cheap snapshooter cameras, intended for the not so wealthy casual photographer.

I don't know its original price, but it must have been less then the $ 15 to $ 20 that the larger No. 4 Kodet did cost.
The settings of the No. 3 Kodet are just the same as with the No. 4: there is not much to choose from, so there is not much chance to make a mistake.

  • For ordinary snapshot work there is only one shutter speed (Instantaneous setting) that can be altered slightly with a lever under the lens.
  • There is a wheel with waterhouse stops (missing in my camera)
  • and a distance scale on one side.
  • On the same side you can see a lever with which the shutter is cocked.
In the back of the box 3 double plate holders and a ground glass are stored. These can be replaced with a special Kodet roll holder for a darkroom loaded 48 exposure spool of film. The plate holders or roll holder can be reached through a door in the side. A door in the back allows the photographer to focus and compose the image on the ground glass. See the No. 4 Kodet for more information regarding the history of these cameras.