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Boy Scout Kodak UK

Specification

Boy Scout Kodak UK
Boy Scout Kodak UK
Manufacturer: Kodak Co. (UK)
Produced: UK 1931
Classification:Medium Format
Body Type:Folding Bed
Film Type:127
Film Width:46mm
ImageSize:1⅝ x 2½ in
Lens Type:Meniscus
Focal Length:75mm
Focus Type:Fixed
Focal Range:6ft - inf.
Aperture Type:Multistop
Aperture:f/11, f/16, f/22, f/32
Shutter Type :VP Rotary
Shutter Speeds:T, I*(1/50 sec)
Size Closed (w x h x d):70 x 125 x 24 mm
Size Open (w x h x d):70 x 125 x 100 mm
Weight:310g
* Measured on this camera

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Description

Art Deco Base Plate of Boy Scout Kodak UK
Art Deco Base Plate

This iconic camera is a version of the Vest Pocket Kodak Model B and was designed by Walter Dorwin Teague. The body is covered with a green crackle finish, the bellows are black and the metal edging is in black. The graphical work of Walter Teague was also used on the sales box.

The folding camera is erected by drawing out the lens standard by the knurled finger grips below the shutter. It is drawn out until it clicks into place. It will take 8 1⅝ x 2½ inch images on 127 film. It has a meniscus lens. It has a VP Rotary shutter with instantaneous(I) and time(T) selector. There are 4 diaphram openings (stops) on a circular plate that rotates in front of the lens. The stops are changed by revolving a milled dial. There is no tripod mount.

The Boy Scout Kodak was also produced in the US - US Version. Again it is based on the Vest Pocket Kodak Model B, but the decoration is quite different. The US version has green leatherette covering as against the green crackle finish used in the UK. The US version has green bellows while the UK version has black. The metal edging is in matching green on the US version while on the UK model it is black. The insignia on both cameras are of course different.

How to Use

This camera is basically a Vest Pocket Kodak Model B. Find the manual for the Vest Pocket Kodak Model B here:- Manual for Vest Pocket Kodak Model B.

This camera uses 127 film which is quite difficult to source except as expired films. For those photographers in the UK, try Nick & Trick photographic services. If you want to use a particular type of film which is not available commercially, then you can cut your own 127 film from any 120 film. See my page on 'How to cut 127 film from 120 film'.

This camera has four aperture settings numbered 1 to 4. These are f/11(1), f/16(2), f/22(3) and f/32(4) which are changed using a rotating wheel found below the face plate. With a shutter speed of only 1/50 sec, make sure you brace the camera against your body or something solid and press the shutter smoothly to avoid camera shake.

If you don't want to bother with an exposure meter, follow the guide below. It is based on the 'Sunny 16' rule. Film is so forgiving and will produce acceptable results even when over-exposed by 2 or 3 stops or under-exposed by 1 stop.

The tables below assume the shutter speed is about 1/50s. If you are not sure about the light level, err on the side of overexposure - i.e. assume the lower light level.

The tables also assume that the sun is at least 30 degrees above the horizon - that's 10am - 5pm on a summers day (May - August) in the UK.

I recommend ISO 400 film in this camera.

Using ISO 100/125 Film

Weather ConditionsShadow DetailApertureExposure
Sunny
Snow/Sand
Dark
with sharp edges
f/32(4)Good
SunnyDistinctf/22(3)Good
Slight OvercastSoft around edgesf/16(2)Good
OvercastBarely visiblef/11(1)Good
Heavy OvercastNonef/11(1)-1 Stops
Underexposed
Acceptable
Open Shade
/Sunset
Nonef/11(1)-2 Stops
Underexposed
Not Acceptable

Using ISO 400 Film

Weather ConditionsShadow DetailApertureExposure
Sunny
Snow/Sand
Dark
with sharp edges
f/32(4)+2 Stops
Overexposed
Acceptable
SunnyDistinctf/32(4)+1 Stops
Overexposed
Acceptable
Slight OvercastSoft around edgesf/32(4)Good
OvercastBarely visiblef/22(3)Good
Heavy OvercastNonef/16(2)Good
Open Shade
/Sunset
Nonef/11(1)Good