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m a n u a l s
Most people nowadays know how to take pictures but in the beginning of photography, a lot more had to be explained. Therefore the manuals used to contain many topics covering all aspects of photography, such as How to use the camera, how to develop film and how to make prints.

Find below some Kodak camera manuals. I do have some more and as time permits, will scan them and add them to the online collection.
No. 2-A Folding Cartridge Premo Camera Kodak No. 2-A
Picture Taking with the No. 2-A Folding Cartridge Premo Camera from 1919.
Acrobat PDF Reader needed. You may download and print this manual for private use.
      download PDF [975 kB]
Vest Pocket Kodak Vest Pocket Kodak
Picture Taking with the Vest Pocket Kodak. This booklet could be had for 3 pence (UK) and contains information from how to open and load the camera with film, how to set the aperture and speeds, how to look when taking a picture up to how to develop, dry and print your negatives. Great info on how to use the Kodak tank system for developing your films as well.
Acrobat PDF Reader needed. You may download and print this manual for private use.
      download PDF [2.73 MB]
Kodak Duo Six-20 Kodak Duo Six-20
This instruction manual tells everything there is to know on how to use the Kodak Duo Six-20.
Acrobat PDF Reader needed. You may download and print this manual for private use.
      download PDF [2.2 MB]
Vest Pocket Kodak Kodak 66 Camera Model III
This instruction manual for the Kodak 66 Camera Model III from the late 1950s shows everything you need to know for proper picture taking.
Acrobat PDF Reader needed. You may download and print this manual for private use.
      download PDF [1.2 MB]
Retina Guide Retina Guide
These web-pages have been scanned and converted from a photocopy of the "Focal Press" publication "Retina Guide", 1965 edition. Consequently they do not cover the later model S1 and S2 Retinas.
      Retina Guide
Retina Reflex Guide Retina Reflex Guide
These web-pages have been scanned and converted from a photocopy of the "Focal Press" publication "Retina Reflex Guide", 1970 edition.
      Retina Reflex Guide
Retina Reflex S und ihr system Retina Reflex S und ihr system
This German booklet shows the Retina Reflex S systems and the several available options and accessoires. Good read.
Acrobat PDF Reader needed. You may download and print this manual for private use.
      download PDF [1.5 MB]
Retinette Guide Retinette Guide
These web-pages have been scanned and converted from a photocopy of the "Focal Press" publication "Retinette Guide", 1965 edition.
      Retinette Guide

Where to find manuals?

Before the time of the internet you just had to be lucky to find some camera manuals and leaflets. Now, in modern times, manuals can be downloaded for free or bought for a small fee. Find below a short list of places where to download or purchase a manual.
Kodak
Instruction books for most current and many recent Kodak cameras can be found on Kodak's Web Site in their service and support section and when you asked nicely, they might be able to supply a manual for your camera too.
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Michael Butkus - Orphancameras.com
The prime online source of instruction manuals for classic cameras must be Michael Butkus' website.
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Peter Lutz
Some camera manuals, not all Kodak, are available at Peter Lutz' website.
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KY Photo
A wide range of scanned manuals and links to other pages featuring manuals can also be found at KY Photo.
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Oldtimer Cameras Ltd.
A good source of photocopied instruction books. They are not exactly cheap but the range has got to be seen to be believed. They can also supply Repair Manuals for many cameras.
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Oldtimer Cameras Ltd.
PO Box 28A,
Elstree,
Herts,
WD6 4SY
England
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