I had a 110 camera many years ago -- the photos were pretty bad, probably because it was one of those mini-cameras on a keychain! It was tossed away sometime ago, and now I find that they are "collectibles." My next 110 camera was an Estes Astrocam - a 110 camera lofted by a model rocket. For an example of those days, here is a photo. I have been playing with 110 again, mostly just to have some photographic fun. With the addition of a Minolta 110 Zoom SLR, I now have some good glass in front of the tiny film area.

I am glad Kodak has kept this format alive. Introduced in the early 1970s, 110 Instamatics took subminiature photography from the realm of peculiar 16mm micro-cameras and Minox users to your local department store. Unfortunately, over the years, the choice of films has dwindled to Kodak 400 Gold and Fuji 200. While black and white might be a niche market, Kodak could produce a chromogenic b&w film for 110.

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110 Camera Collection and Photographs


 

Agus Mini Palmatic - A $4.50 eBay purchase. The lens element seems to rattle a bit, and the photos have been inconsistent in focus quality. However, it's got a coolness factor to it, so it is a good one for my collection. You push-pull one end of the camera to advance the film and expose the lens, much like a Minox spy camera!

 

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Another Argus 110

I bought this one for 50 cents at a garage sale. I have not shot any film in it as yet.


 

Kodak Instamatic Hawkeye 110. I had to pick this one up a the Ann Arbor Recycle/Reuse Center for a buck. It's the epitome of Kodak's "camera for the masses." Each generation has had a Hawkeye, whether it used 116, 620, 127, or 126 film. I haven't checked to see if there is an APS version. Think of it as the 320 x240 pixel digital camera versus the megapixel camera. This camera uses Magicubes for flash.

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Kodak Ektralite 10. A $1 purchase at the thrift shop. This 110 camera features a built-in electronic flash. A no-brainer camera that takes reasonably sharp photos within the limitation of its format. My model was made in Mexico.

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Minolta 110 Zoom (Mark 1) SLR. I recently saw this camera referred to as the "Big Mac" camera, because you hold it like a hamburger. It's true. I recently acquired this on ebay and have enjoyed experimenting with it. With macro focusing, I can get within a few inches of my subject. Of course, macro on 110 format seems like an oxymoronic term. This is a neat little camera, and is easy to take along in a coat pocket. I'm going to do a series of closeups of flowers with it, so watch for updates.

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Minolta Autopak 450E. This camera was another thrift shop purchase for $3. It has a heft to it that defies 110 format. A built-in flash and close-up lens makes for a nice 110 camera. In addition, the camera strap is exactly 19 inches long, which is the close-focus distance. So, don't throw away the strap if you have this camera.

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LINKS

Chris Eve's Kodak 110 page

The SubClub

Pentax 110 respoolers@yahoo.com


This page last updated March 15, 2004

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