WWII Reenactment w/ Kodak 35

Discussion in 'Classic Manual Cameras' started by rogerwb, Jan 28, 2010.

  1. I hope Rick van Nooij is tuned in. These are from a small reenactment in Tolland. Mass, a few years ago.
    All were taken with the basic Kodak 35mm camera as issued to units that had no access to regular photographic services. Film used was now gone Forte 100, considered to be the equivalent of WWII era Super XX. BTW, the Kodak 35 was the one without the rangefinder, scale focus and sunny 16 exposure.
    These are straight ahead scans with a minimum of post processing.
  2. Another
  3. Blend in , boys
  4. Still more
  5. Ready to shoot
  6. The other side
  7. They have the right look and contrast to be from a frontline unit. Nice work. Can you post a picture of the Kodak camera? Curious to see what it looks like.
  8. The other side of the bike
  9. Photo Crew, the graphic was used for in camp pics only. Din't want to lug it
  10. Good work with a very cool Kodak, Roger. I gotta say I love the motorcycle with the machine gun!
  11. You had me at "WWII" in the titel Roger, ;)
    I find the Kodak Anastigmat lenses a little soft to my liking, still great for shooting period-looking images. And the camera is pretty user-friendly.
    The signal corp versions of the Kodak 35 are selling for crazy money these past few years, though one went for $125 last week on Ebay other usually go for at least $400. While you can pick up a civilian model Kodak 35 without RF for as little as $10.
    This is my PH-324 I bought through a live auction, amongst my other wartime Kodaks. (One of the Medalists is now sold though)
    Some color images with the PH-324
    I know these cameras came as part of the PH-261 "Darkroom in a box" setup. Were they used separately? Has anyone got pictures of these cameras being used by War photographers during the war?
    Roger, I know what you mean about carrying the Speed Graphic all day. I end up with one arm longer then the other after walking around with one. Looking for a Baby Speed Graphic to ease my pain, hehe.
    Thanks for posting.
  12. very nice.
  13. Rick:
    Congrats on the 324. I got mine a few years ago when the prices were steep but not like today. I also have the complete "Darkroom in a Box". I have seen pics of Signal Corps photogs with this camera but I believe they were used primarily as intended - by small units without access to regular photo service. I'll send you some links when I dig them out.
  14. I'm green with envy at your PH-261. Did yours come with all the bits?
    A friend over at the Yahoo groups Warco forum has one too, but is missing most of the equipment that is supposed to came in it.
    I believe they have part of the manual posted up on that site.
    I've seen a few pop up on Ebay, but the shipping cost would kill me :-|
  15. I bought my PH-324, missing the plate, was dirty but Military markings on the ER case, with broken flip up view finder and a mint 1941 civilian model for $10 both from the same dealer at a photoshow in Boston, MA USA back around 1988? I later found a junker civilian model for a few dollars and scavenged the black pop-up viewer for the military camera, fits and looks well.
  16. image attached of the civilian and the draftee
  17. sorry the wrong image got posted here is the correct one.
  18. My Dad was a signal corp photographer, although while in the AAC he was attached to a bombing wing. I still have his Kodak 35 civilian model that he carried every where, and a couple of thousand Kodachromes he shot in Iceland, England, and various bases in the US. Also alot of slides of my family through the years. While not the faciest camera of the time, it was definately rugged, and reliable. Really out standing shots of the reenactment.
  19. Roger, Great job on those pictures I really like them. I was supposed to be a German soldier in an reenactment of the first battle of WW2, but had some uniform issue and I never went.
    Now I just got my Yashica camera and this year I will definetly be taking some shots. Your post inpired me to try that.
  20. Paul, mine's missing the SC plate as well. I believe they were removed when they were released from military service like on the Speed Graphics.
  21. Does anyone know what other cameras were standard issue in the army. I have a photo of my dad with his B-24 flight crew which looks like it was a contact print shot on 2 1/4 x 3 1/4. I was wondering what camera may have been used. Speed Graphic with roll film back maybe? Is there a website for collectors? Sorry to get off topic.
  22. My father was a Captain at D-Day. My mother served in the Red Cross during WWII, and they met in Germany. They both took lots of B&W photos, and I have many rolls of negatives yet to be scanned. My first camera was a 35mm square format, surely a camera that my father brought home from the war. I wish I still had it, and I don't know the manufacturer. At least I have all those negatives!
  23. John, official issued cameras would have been limited to the Anniversary Speed Graphic (black face), Kodak Medalist (with black lens barrel, mainly issued to the Navy and Submarine forces) and the Kodak 35 (in green with black finish). There are technical manuals for some others like the Argus C-3, but it was never an officially issued camera as far as I know.
    5x7" cameras were in official use for military portrait shots.
    Not sure if there was a 120 film roll film back for the Speed Graphic at the time.
    Many private purchase cameras were carried and used by men of all branches of service (Lewinksi goes as far as to say that every one in two GIs carried a camera at the end of the conflict). Your father could have had his picture taken by any 120 or 620 film camera.
    Fine portrait of your father there. I recognize some of the ribbons on his M43 jacket; possible a purple heart on the left, 2nd looks like a good conduct bar, and the last one is an ETO-bar with campaign stars.
    There weren't too many 35mm half frames at the time. Was it possibly a Robot camera?
    But we're side-tracking Roger's photos ;)
  24. John, my Dad was also with a B-24 wing. Spent most of his time using a K-14 (I think) airial camera. I'm pretty sure it was made by Folmer Graphlex.
  25. Christopher S - the square format 35mm camera may very well have been a Zeiss Tenax; these are usually available on the auction site.
  26. Thanks all for your comments.
    Rick -"The Box" for the PH 261 was found on the famous auction site when my wife, in a stroke of brilliance, did a search for simply "box". I was about to try and construct one when it showed up. Mine is actually late or post war, much more solidly constructed but internally identical to the original one. I also have the Kodak enlarger, the timer etc, etc, The only items I haven't come up with are the gooseneck copying lights.
    I'm glad you found the Yahoo Warcos site, it is a great resource and a great bunch of people. I was going to suggest it, but you obviously have found it.
  27. Rick and John, Thank you for your contributions. From looking at photos of cameras, I would guess Zeiss Tenax II.

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