For sale is a 1920s era KODAK CINE MODEL B MOVIE CAMERA with 16mm Film and Original Leather Case made by the Eastman Kodak Company, Rochester, NY. The camera holds 16mm film spool on a single large continuous sprocket. The carry handle has a optical finder in the folding handle. Camera is untested but appears functional. The motor spring winds and runs properly. Sale includes the camera’s original leather carry case. Camera measures about 8 1/2 inches, by 5 inches, by 2 7/8 inches. Kodak manufactured this model camera from 1925 through 1931. A great photography collectible.
In 1923, the Eastman Kodak Company introduced the first 16mm camera–the Ciné-Kodak. In 1925, Kodak followed that camera with a spring motor-driven Ciné-Kodak Model B. A full winding of the spring would run the motor for about fifteen to twenty feet of film. Production of the Model B in 1931. The Cine-Kodak was the first affordable home movie camera. This Cine Kodak Model B 16mm camera features a Kodak Anastigmat 25mm f1.9 lens.
From the company’s founding by George Eastman in 1888, Kodak followed a business strategy of selling low profit margin cameras and then making large profit margins on consumables such as film, chemicals and paper. As late as 1976, Kodak commanded 90% of film sales and 85% of camera sales in the U.S. The emergence of digital cameras sparked a death spiral for this iconic American company.