Vintage Tuesday

View of Kodak Cine Automatic Turret Camera

The Kodak Cine Automatic Turret Camera is an 8mm film camera that makes silent movies. I cannot find any informaiton about this camera online so I’d image its 1940s to 1960’s. Mine has a bit of rust and one turret is missing a lens, so I may do a little repair or try to resale maybe in the future. Its really wonderful though, I love the turrets.
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4 thoughts on “Vintage Tuesday

  1. I found this page searching for info on the Cine Turret Automatic as I bought one at a flea market; a couple things of interest:

    RE the “missing” lens, I thought mine was missing that one too, but then I realized when you click it into place that there is a lens in the main body of the camera. What you see is just a lens hood (e.g. for preventing flare).

    Second, mine is identical EXCEPT it says “Made in Toronto, Canada”! :)

    Third, the reason I bought it, is that I have an odd hobby- I collect radioactive things O:) the “Wide Angle Ektanar” on mine is thoriated, as many older Kodaks were (as well as other brands too! Adding Thorium oxide to the glass gave it excellent optical properties.)

    The radiation levels at its surface are less than if you were flying in an airplane BTW; nothing to fret about unless you plan to grind it up and eat/snort/inject it (which isn’t recommended ;)

    1. Lol. Conrad, I was having a really bad day and the radiation comment seriously made me burst out laughing and smile huge.

      So thanks for light moment in a bad day :)

      Also that’s is really cool you collect radioactive things. I wouldn’t even think that was a thing…but here we are. I wish I had a way of testing radioactivity now on all my Kodak cameras – it’d be so interesting to see what levels they are.
      I’ve noted down, not to snort them regardeless.

      Good call on the lens flare lens btw, that makes total sense when I think about it. I honestly just thought it had a lens missing. I wanted to make a film with it in 16mm so now I have no excuse!!

      Thanks again for the comment.

      1. Glad to see that I helped brighten your day! :-)

        People collect all sorts of odd things; I recall being taken by surprise years ago when I learned that some people collect vintage barbed wire. I’ve noticed that I’m not the only one who collects radioactive things…

        FWIW, I use a little hand-held geiger counter from (I have an older GMC-300). It’s not just Kodak either; I also have thoriated lenses from Pentax, Konica, Canon, etc.

        Thorium is still used in TIG welding rods, and for over a century (until ~2000?) was used in gas mantles, i.e. for Coleman lamps.

        Sometimes I’ll find old clocks and watches with Radium in the dials.

        The really pretty stuff that’s radioactive has Uranium in it though; orange ceramic glazes, yellow and green glass. I’ve even found costume jewelry! :)

        The glass is especially interesting because it fluoresces bright green in UV light (“blacklight”). Almost a spooky Halloween effect ;)

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