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No. 4 Cartridge Kodak (1897)

The No. 4 Cartridge Kodak is a camera for the advanced amateur photographist, having some settings, like horizontal and vertical shift of the lensboard, that are of no use for the snapshooter.

Several lens and shutter combinations were offered for this camera, ranging from the simple Rapid Rectilinear lens and Triple Action Shutter ($ 25) to a high quality Bausch&Lomb Zeiss Tessar with Volute shutter ($ 83).

Cartridge Kodaks were primarily daylight loading rollfilm cameras, but they all could be transformed into plate cameras by exchanging the rollfilm back panel with a plate back. The specimen in the video has its plate back attached, with the ground glass inserted. The plate back option made it easier to persuade photographers who had their doubts about rollfilm.

Despite its advanced functions and plate back option the Cartridge Kodak is also a suitable camera for amateurs and even tourists. If you wanted to, you could take a quick snap with it:


  • the proper distance can be set on a scale on the base board
  • the camera can be aimed with the help of the small reflex finders
  • it can be hand held while taking the picture


It was advertised as a cyclists camera and several styles of bicycle cases were offered.

The No. 4 Cartridge Kodak was the most succesful of the range. More than 90.000 were produced during the period from 1897 to 1907.









4 x 5 inch photo, Seven Falls, Colorado.