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  index cameras 126 instamatic information
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Kodak 126 Instamatic Cameras

Their Years of Production, 1963-88

An idea mentioned by David Francis has prompted me to tabulate the 126 Instamatics using the production data published in Brian Coe's book. This refers primarily, if not exclusively, to cameras produced in the USA, the UK and Germany. Some of the listed models were produced elsewhere and production data for those cameras may differ. Whilst the bulk of production was no doubt from Rochester NY in the USA, and Germany and England in Europe, cameras were also manufactured or assembled in Spain, Brazil, Argentina, Australia and Canada, mostly for domestic sales. At least one UK-made model, the Instamatic 76-X "Blinker", was re-packaged for distribution in Hong Kong.

Kodak stopped manufacture of 126 cartridge film at the end of 1999, it would appear Agfa ceased production of this format at about the same time. In August 2001, Ferrania in Italy still had 126 film in production under their Solaris brand. This is distributed in Canada by Continent-Wide Enterprises Limited. It is also available from Film for Classics and The Frugal Photographer. Swains International plc are distributing this film in the UK through the Camera Shop and Photo Chemist retail outlets, product code 1912. I have no other details. Please bear in mind that many processors may no longer be able to print the full square frame of the 126 negative, so you may wish to research your options before ordering. Contact information for the shops mentioned above may be found in the "hints'n'tips" section.

I have written some thoughts on the concept of re-loading the 126 cartridge on this website, someone may find some use for them.

Unfortunately the "Instatech" cameras are not documented, neither are several other models, many of South American production, for the home markets. Although the chart only runs until 1988, it would appear that the Brazilian Instamatic 177XF at least was in production until the mid-1990's. Many 126-cartridge cameras have a four-character "CAMEROSITY" date-code, usually inside the film compartment under the film gate.

The Instamatic 110 models can be found in de 110 timeline section.

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25
66-71
26
68-72
28
72-74
32
72-73
33
68-73
36
73-74
44
69-73
5063-66
10063-66
104
65-68
124
68-71
133
68-70
134
68-71
150
64-66
154
65-69
174
68-71
200
65-66
204
66-68
220
65-66
224
66-68
233
68-70
250
64-65
30063-66
304
65-69
314
68-71
324
66-67
333
68-74
40063-66
404
65-69
414
68-71
50063-65
70063-66
704
65-69
714
68-70
800
64-66
804
65-70
814
68-70
55X
71-72
56X
72-77
66X
73-77
76X
77-??
77X
77-84
133X
70-71
155X
71-77
177X
77-84
233X
70-71
255X
71-77
277X
77-85
333X
70-71
355X
71-77
Reflex
68-70
S-10
67-70
S-20
67-71
X-15
70-76
X-15F
76-88
X-25
70-74
X-30
71-74
X-35
70-76
X-35F
76-81
X-45
70-74
X-90
70-73

Hawkeye Instamatics
Instamatic
64
Instamatic II
69-72
Instamatic A1
69-72
Instamatic F
64-68
Instamatic R4
66-71
Instamatic X
71-78


126-film Instamatics which I know of, have been notified of, or seen reference to, but as yet I have no production data for, include:

  • Instamatic 100 Scout
  • Instatech
  • Instatech-X
  • Instatech II-I
  • Instamatic 11 (Brazil, like the 44)
  • Instamatic 97
  • Instamatic 97X
  • Instamatic 194
  • Instamatic 76X "Blinker"
  • Instamatic 22 (Argentina)
  • Instamatic 27 (Argentina)
  • Instamatic 325
  • Instamatic 54X (Argentina and Brazil)
  • Instamatic 154X (Argentina)
  • Compañera (Brazil, like the 77X)
  • Deportiva (Brazil, like the 77X)
  • Instamatic 225 (Australia)
  • Instamatic X-1 (Brazil, like the X-15)
  • Instamatic 177xf (Brazil)
  • Instamatic XE TU (Argentina)
  • Instamatic 132 (Argentina)
Any further information on these, or other Kodak Instamatic models that I have not listed, would be greatfully received. Most Instamatics are worth little more than pennies/cents, unless truely mint, preferably boxed with instructions, accessories etc. They were often made by the million and there are usually far more cameras around than collectors interested in them. Any queries on these cameras will also be happily dealt with, though the information you require is often to be found on my main web-site.


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