Kodak F1.9 8mm Movie Camera

This camera was hawked at Disneyland in the late 50s and 60s. TV ads showed the new theme park in California. This popular home movie camera first sold to the public in 1953.

Kodak advertised their 8mm Movie Camera with Disneyland, featured Ed Sullivan
Kodak advertised their 8mm Movie Camera with Disneyland, featured Ed Sullivan

It’s often remembered from family gatherings throughout the mid-century. Many stars and filmmakers remember stealing their father’s Kodak and shooting their first film.

Kodak advertised their 8mm Movie Camera with Disneyland

This model was one of the most expensive and sophisticated of the Kodak Brownie Movie Cameras of that era. It sold for just under $80. The three lens version is known as the Turrett f/1.9. It offered everything a budding cameraman needed. It included three lenses, all affixed to the camera, that could be switched quickly with one hand, and then back again. The three lenses were color coded to match the three viewing areas on the fold-up viewfinder system.

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