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    Kodak Colorsnap 35

    I am about to inherit my mom's Kodak Colorsnap 35 (Vintage 1959) . I have done a bit of research on it, but was confused by the statement in one of the articles on the internet that reffered to this camera as a "Rangefinder" camera? Before receiving it, I can't really play, but was interested if anybody knows if the above is true or not?

    The camera is basically unused since the mid 1970's (I remember taking pictures with it in around 1979 as a child...who ofcourse had no clue what all the buttons and bits did), and it is in mint condition.

    I am going through a phase of really enjoying the use of these old cameras, which each has its own "individuality".

    For general interest the camera cost her GBP25 in 1959.

    Would appreciate any information people can contribute.

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    This would technically be called a "viewfinder" camera, since you sight through a separate window to frame your shot. Not a "rangefinder" camera, where a focusing aide is incorporated into the viewfinder.

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    I have a Kodak Colorsnap II somewhere I inherited it from my father.

    However it took 828 roll film, now no longer available but essentially the same film size was repackage and relaunched as 126 cassettes

    Yours is the 35mm version, the 828 film is the same width as 35mm but without the double perforations.

    828 was just another in the long line of Kodak film sizes that failed and dissappered :-)

    Ian

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shangheye View Post
    I am about to inherit my mom's Kodak Colorsnap 35 (Vintage 1959) . I have done a bit of research on it, but was confused by the statement in one of the articles on the internet that reffered to this camera as a "Rangefinder" camera? Before receiving it, I can't really play, but was interested if anybody knows if the above is true or not?

    The camera is basically unused since the mid 1970's (I remember taking pictures with it in around 1979 as a child...who ofcourse had no clue what all the buttons and bits did), and it is in mint condition.

    I am going through a phase of really enjoying the use of these old cameras, which each has its own "individuality".

    For general interest the camera cost her GBP25 in 1959.

    Would appreciate any information people can contribute.

    Rgds

    Kal
    Definitely no rangefinder, as others have said, but a very easy camera to use (which is what is was designed for). It has a exposure calculator built in and you can also use a meter easily, as the exposure dial is marked in Exposure Values (EV). Just make sure to fire the shutter a couple of dozen times before you put film in, as it might be slow after not being used - when working correctly, it gives a speed of about 1/40. A fun camera!

    Regards,

    David

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    Thanks all, I thought it was a viewfinder camera, so thought I would check that the web site I read was wrong (the internet is so full of bad info..). Looking forward to getting it in December when my parents visit ;-)) K



 

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