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Kodak Instamatic 500

Kodak Instamatic 500 Certainly the most sophisticated and desirable of the European viewfinder Instamatics. A Schneider-Kreuznach lens combined with a match-the-needle exposure setting in the viewfinder, autosensing of the film speed, a collapsable lens mount, coaxial flash socket AND hot-shoe makes this a very useable camera by almost any standard.

The rugged metal casework makes this a slightly heavy but very robust example of Kodak AG production, called by some the "Instamatic Retina". The filter thread is even the "Retina-size" 29.5mm. Even the high-quality case has a metal frame and feels rugged. The top model of the 126 instamatic series.

Manufactured by  :  Kodak Germany
Model  :  Instamatic 500
Type  :  view finder camera for instamatic film
Produced  :  1963 - 1965
K.D. Müller Reference  :  K 97540
Film  :  Instamatic, Type 126 cartridge
Picture size  :  28 x 28 mm
Made in  :  Germany
Quantity Made  : 
Original List Price  :  USD 94.50
Material  :  Metal frame with plastic panels
Lens  :  Schneider-Kreuznach Xenar F:2.8 / 38 mm Fixed lens. Serial# 8462931
Filter size  :  Retina 29.5 mm
Focusing  :  Manual with pictograms and distance settings in meters
Focus range  :  0.7 meter - infinity
Viewfinder  :  simple view finder.
Exposure meter needle blendet in at bottom (-1 0 +1)
Shutter  :  Manual 30 - 500, Bulb
Aperture  :  2.8 - 22
Self timer  :  none
Exposure  :  Gossen meter built in (with Gossen logo).
Metering is done using he mach-the-needle system.
Exposure meter  :  built in, made by Gossen
Battery  :  none
Flash  :  hot shoe and pc sync connector
Flash Contact  :  standard flash hot shoe on top and pc sync connector next to the lens.
Film Advance  :  short single stroke lever at the bottom
Other  :  The lens may be partly collapsed by pressing the button which is located at the bottom of the camera. Press the button and gently push the lens towards the body.
Dimensions  :  120 x 60 x 65 with lens extended (l x w x h)
120 x 55 x 65 with lens
Weight  : 
Body serial number  :  111722
Collection status  :  to be sold
Kodak Instamatic 500

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Kodak Instamatic 500

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