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Old December 27th, 2017, 08:49 AM
Doug Kerr Doug Kerr is online now
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Often the names that are given to things reveal much about the state of mind of the person, or company, that gives the name.

Eastman Kodak coined the name "Ciné-Kodak" for their first motion picture camera, and then applied that as the marque of essentially all their motion picture cameras for quite a while. At one point, the shifted the spelling to "Cine-Kodak", perhaps feeling that including the accent aigu was too something for American consumers.

But the use of that marque came to an end in a funny way. In 1956, Kodak introduced the Cine-Kodak Medallion-8 camera, an easy to use magazine-loading 8-mm movie camera, intended for the typical home movie shooter. It had interchangeable lenses, and one version was equipped. as its "kit lens" (as we would say today), with a focusing lens. The lens aperture was set in the familiar way with a ring on the lens.We see that version here:


We see that it is equipped with a "zoom" viewfinder so that the field of view of the finder could be made to match that of the lens that was aboard.

These two "Medallion family" siblings were joined in 1997 with two further, rather different, versions. They both had embedded non-focusing lenses, and were equipped with a camera-based aperture setting wheel that had provisions for setting the aperture based on descriptions of the scene and lighting situation. One version was equipped with a turret that put in place a wide angle or telephoto converter. The overall design was rather different:


Among other design differences, the "zoomable" viewfinder was gone, as there was no need to accommodate different lenses. (Well, there was the matter of the different fields of view on the turret version, but that was taken care of with three different "frames" in the viewfinder.) And they lost the slot to accommodate a carrying strap (a feature that none of the other Kodak movie cameras had anyway).

In the Kodak literature of the time, these four versions were spoken of as the "four Medallion models". But in fact, as a matter of detail, while the earliest two carried the name "Cine-Kodak Medallion-8", the two later versions carried the name "Kodak Medallion-8".

Now was it that these two "non-interchangeable lens" cameras were thought by Kodak to not deserve the honored "Cine-Kodak" name, of was it just a matter of timing: "Effective today, the name 'Cine-Kodak" will no longer . . ."?

It's hard to tell, from my vantage point.

But is is interesting.

Best regards,

Doug
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