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Kodak Pony 135

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Andy Collins , May 10, 2012; 08:17 p.m.

Very nice, Mike. I've had a couple of Pony cameras but sold both of them. Your pictures are very sharp and look surprisingly good with great image quality. Now I wish I hadn't sold both of them.

Marc Bergman , May 10, 2012; 09:33 p.m.

Here is the first ad I could find for the Pony 135. It was in the March 1951 issue of Modern Photography.

Marc Bergman , May 10, 2012; 09:35 p.m.

Here is the cover of the 1951 Wards Photographic catalog.

Marc Bergman , May 10, 2012; 09:38 p.m.

Here is the first part of the catalog pages showing the Pony cameras and their competitors.

Marc Bergman , May 10, 2012; 09:40 p.m.

Here is part 2.

Rod Larson , May 11, 2012; 12:19 a.m.

You picked a great subject to try out your Pony on, Mike. Great photos. I have passed up
a couple of Pony 135's lately and I don't know why. They look like and interesting camera.
You have inspired me to quit passing them up.

About a year ago a friend gave me a Pony 828. Below is a photo of it.


Kodak Pony 828

Mike Gammill , May 11, 2012; 02:17 p.m.

Rick- thanks for the link and the compliments.
Louis, thanks for the info on the lens and the compliments. I knew some lenses had radioative glasses (like lanthanum, for example), but never knew the budget priced (but capable) Pony series had such glass.
Marc- thanks for the compliments and the ad/catalog scans. Wards, like Sears, had a wide selectrion of photo equipment in its day.
Rod- thanks for the compliments. Great shot of your Pony 828 outfit. You can slit 120 film down to reuse that 828 spool. Or if you don't mind spockets intruding a bit into the image you can just use 35mm. Be sure to save the paper backing from the orginal 828 roll.
John, Charles, JDM, Jack, and Andy- thanks for the compliments.
I've gained a new respect for this little camera. I must confess that I "conveniently" forgot that I had it for a while before deciding to try it out.
Thanks again.

Louis Meluso , May 11, 2012; 09:43 p.m.

Sorry Mike, my mistake. I looked it up and it appears only the Kodak Pony IV with the 44mm f/3.5 Anastar had the Thorium radioactive high index lens. It was a rigid lens, too.
http://camerapedia.wikia.com/wiki/Kodak_Pony_828/135

Mike Gammill , May 12, 2012; 06:19 p.m.

Thanks, Louis. I haven't had access to a Geiger counter since I retired from public school teaching so I had no way to confirm it anyway. ;-) I do have a 50mm f1.4 Takumar that I'm curious about, though.

ian campbell , May 16, 2012; 04:18 p.m.

Big Creek doesn't look very...big


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