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1910 No.3 Folding Pocket Kodak

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with Bausch & Lomb Rapid Rectilinear f8 lens and single speed Kodak ball bearing shutter

(the 'Instantaneous' 1/25th speed, when tested, was found to be 1/10th sec)

(not in my collection but gifted to my photographer brother-in-law who adamantly refuses to use it. Insists on using his Canon 5D instead!)

1: A modern 120 spool which, when combined with the spool spacers, will have the same overall width as the original 118 wooden film spool seen alongside.  
2: The take-up spool needs to be rigid so that the film can be wound on. Small wall plugs and the cut-off ends of a film spool Araldite-ed (epoxy resined) together will do it. Cut off the ends somewhat in excess, then reduce carefully and progressively on the bench sander of with medium grade carborundum paper.

The centre hole needs to be enlarged i.e. drilled out to take the plug. This can be tricky as the segmented design of the spool causes the drill to wander.

3: Film spool spacers made from wall plugs and nylon toilet seat washers. Since the film can move freely these do not have to be fixed in the spool. This means that film can be used as-is. No need to re-spool onto special spools.

For detailed instructions on making these spacers click here

4: The finished take-up spool and a film, with it's spacers fitted, ready to be put in the camera.  
5: The film in the camera ........  
6: ....... here seen attached to it's take-up spool ready for the back to be closed.

The next job is to make side runners to support the film. It's possible to do without but, without them, it's likely the film will not lie flat. Worse, it may be sucked up away from the film plane by the opening the bellows. At best you may get poor edge definition.

The good advice for use of bellows cameras was always to wind on after opening the bellows to avoid lifting the film from the film plane, although to follow this practice without double exposure prevention is very risky.



On a separate page:  How to open a Kodak No.3

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