James's Camera Collection: Kodak Cine Model B

Ciné-Kodak Model B
Kodak Ciné Model B movie camera
Format: 16mm
Transport: Spring-wind
Exposure: Manual
Approx. date of manufacture: 1926
Approx. original price: $unknown

This bruiser isn't the largest of my cameras, but it's the heaviest and densest. It would be good in a fight because it would cave in someone's skull if the handle didn't break during the swing.

Made between 1923 and 1931, according to movie-camera.it. The original Ciné-Kodak was a hand-crank job; this one has an internal spring motor. If you've used any spring-driven movie cameras, you can use this one.

I would date this from about 1926 because of my camera's configuration. I've got the ƒ/3.5 lens (1926), but I've got the old close-focus arrangement (turn a wheel to flip an aux lens in front--later cameras used a button).

Mine's seen better days. The fabric covering is dry and flaking off, and there are a lot of bald spots. Yet it runs. I wound it up and it chugged along. These things were built to last.

Related Pages

Ciné-Kodak 8 Magazine
History of Eastman Kodak

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