Kodak Instamatic X-35  –  Vintage Camera

Kodak Instamatic X-35 (three quarters)

Kodak Instamatic X-35 (three quarters)

Kodak Instamatic X-35 (three quarters)

Kodak Instamatic X-35 (three quarters)

Kodak Instamatic X-35 (front view)

Kodak Instamatic X-35 (front view)

Kodak Instamatic X-35 (rear view)

Kodak Instamatic X-35 (rear view)

Kodak Instamatic X-35 (top view)

Kodak Instamatic X-35 (top view)

Kodak Instamatic X-35 (with 35mm cassette for scale)

Kodak Instamatic X-35 (with 35mm cassette for scale)

Kodak Instamatic X-35 (three quarters)Kodak Instamatic X-35 (three quarters)Kodak Instamatic X-35 (front view)Kodak Instamatic X-35 (rear view)Kodak Instamatic X-35 (top view)Kodak Instamatic X-35 (with 35mm cassette for scale)

Kodak Instamatic X-35 Specifications

Manufacturer: Eastman Kodak Company
   
Origin: USA
   
Made in: Rochester, NY, USA
   
Introduced: 1970
   
Type: Viewfinder
   
Format: 126 Film
   
Dimensions: 11.5 x 7 x 6 cm

Kodak Instamatic X-35 Review

The Kodak Instamatic X-35 is a plastic viewfinder camera designed to take Kodak’s then-popular 126 cartridge film. It’s got a 41mm f/8 Kodar lens with two focus zones: two to six feet and six feet to infinity. The shutter has two speeds: 1/90 and 1/45 for flash photography.

Like many cameras of this era, the X-35 has no integrated flash and must rely on top-mounted flash cubes: plastic rotating cubes that have four single-use zirconium foil flash bulbs good for four exposures. Other interesting features include a recessed film advance lever and side-mounted shutter button.

When it was released, the retail price of the X-35 was $48 (about $280 in today’s money) which puts it roughly on par with today’s compact digital camera market. Fortunately for me, I only paid one dollar for it at a local thrift store which means I’m $279 up.

References:

McKeown, James M. and Joan C. McKeown’s Price Guide to Antique and Classic Cameras, 2001-2002. (Grantsburg, USA: Centennial Photo Service, 2001), 349.

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