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Eastman Kodak Bullet


Eastman Kodak Bullet
Eastman Kodak Bullet
Manufacturer: Eastman Kodak
Produced: 1936 - 1942
Classification:Medium Format
Body Type:Solid Body - Extending Helicoid
Film Type:127
Film Width:46mm
ImageSize:1⅝ x 2½ in
No. of Images:8
Lens Type:meniscus
Focal Length:60mm
Focus Type:Fixed
Focal Range:5ft - inf.
Aperture Type:Fixed
Shutter Type :Rotary
Shutter Speeds:T, I*(1/50sec)
Size open (w x h x d):120 x 69 x 63 mm
Size closed (w x h x d):120 x 69 x 44 mm
* Measured on this camera

Art Deco Credentials

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Iconic: Famous, well-known and celebrated

I consider this camera to warrant 5 stars for the following attributes:


The camera body is made from moulded Bakelite with with a linear raised horizontal striped pattern. The lens is on helical thread so that it can be extended for taking pictures. It has a folding frame finder. The shutter is operated by the lever at the side of the lens. A button can be pulled out for timed exposures.

Streamline Moderne Bullet
Streamline Moderne Bullet

It was designed by Walter Dorwin Teague, a noted industrial design pioneer going back to the 1930's. Teague was responsible for the design of the famous Sparton table radios, a revamp of the Texaco gas station and logo, TWA identity and early Polaroid cameras. The camera is designed in Streamline Moderne style. Americans saw a new aspect of Art Deco in terms of streamlining. It was first conceived by industrial designers who stripped Art Deco design of its ornament in favor of the aerodynamic pure-line concept of motion and speed developed from scientific thinking. As a result, an array of designers quickly ultra-modernized and streamlined the designs of everyday objects. The streamlined nature of this camera really shows when it's closed.

How to Use

This camera takes 127 film which is still available from select outlets - search for 'Rera Pan 100-127' which is a black & white film. 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'.

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

Remember that the exposure guide in the camera user manual may not be helpful as it is based on the use of old film with a low ISO value.

The table assumes that the sun is at least 30 degrees above the horizon - that's 10am - 5pm on a summer's day in the UK.

This camera has an aperture of f/16 and a shutter speed is 1/50s.

As the shutter speed is only 1/50s, it is advisable to try to hold the camera against a wall or other solid object. For quick snapshots, hold it firmly against your face.

Using ISO 100/125 film - shutter speed 1/50s

Weather ConditionsShadow DetailApertureExposure
with sharp edges
f/16+2 Stop
SunnyDistinctf/16+1 Stop
Slight OvercastSoft around edgesf/16Good
OvercastBarely visiblef/16-1 Stop
Heavy OvercastNonef/16-2 Stop
Open Shade
Nonef/16-3 Stop

Photographs taken with this camera

Rera Pan 400 film

Gateway St Fagans, Wales
Gateway St Fagans, Wales
Gardens St Fagans, Wales
Gardens St Fagans, Wales
Elizabethan House, St Fagans
Elizabethan House, St Fagans
Oakdale Workmen's Institute
Oakdale Workmen's Institute