Week 46 – Kodak Tourist

Introduced in 1951, the Tourist was the last of Kodak's folding models. It uses medium format 620 film to produce 8 big 6×9 cm exposures. Tourists were available with a number of different lens/shutter combinations; mine is a lower end model with a fixed-focus Kodet lens in a single speed shutter. Shutter modes include (I)nstant, (B)ulb, and (T)ime with apertures from f=12.5 to 32.

The Tourist line has a neat engineering feature. The back is held in place with a pair of latch/hinge units which enable it to be released from either side or removed completely.

I've loaded mine with a roll of respooled Ektar and carried it for most of the week.


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