Kodak Instamatic X-35 Vintage Camera
Kodak Instamatic X-35 Specifications
|Manufacturer:||Eastman Kodak Company|
|Country of Origin:||USA|
|Made in:||Rochester, NY, USA|
|Dimensions (cm):||11.5 x 7 x 6|
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.
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McKeown, James M. and Joan C. McKeown’s Price Guide to Antique and Classic Cameras, 2001-2002. (Grantsburg: Centennial Photo Service, 2001), 349.