Jul 29, 2013

Kodak Ektralite 10 = One Happy Girl

In my early teens, I was one happy girl when I received my very own camera and three rolls of film as a Christmas present.  My mother always had us kids write out Christmas lists and our presents came off those lists so I'm assuming I had "camera" on the list that year.  This is what I received:

(Not this one specifically because I don't have it anymore)
• Manufactured by Kodak from 1978-1994
• Film Type: 110mm Cartridges
• Original selling price was $38.00
Focusing distance: from 1,50m to infinity
• Shutter speed: The manual says the camera can figure out what type is loaded and changes the speed accordingly... 1/210 sec for ISO 200 and more, 1/125 sec for ISO lower than 125
• Flash requires two AA batteries and has a range of 4.5meters 1/1000sec. Recovery time takes 7seconds.

The 110 film was discontinued for a while. However, it's made a slight resurgeance. Believe it or not, film is now available again and it can be processed!

I was so thrilled to receive a camera for Christmas that year.  I remember going through a roll of film in no time.  My parents cautioned me about using it all up and then I wouldn't have any left.  Gotta remember they were still using the Polaroid 210 with only 10 photo ops. 

I still didn't know much about photography back then, but I sure did enjoy snapping photographs.  I still have the photographs I took during those years.

My First Car - '73 Grand Prix
My Sister - 1983
(Don't ask me what she was doing!)

My Dad - 1984
(He could sleep through anything.
Even his kids adding props to the photo... Hee Hee)

Grandpa and Grandkids - 1982
This is one of my favorite photos.
Obviously, someone else took it with my 110
because I am in the pic.

Sadly, most of the photos taken with my 110 are darkening and seem to be in various stages of deterioration despite being kept in archival quality photo pages.


cucki said...

Wow ❤❤

Sue said...

Love your stories sweetie and looking at all your photos! Love the Grand Prix too; we always had a Pontiac GP and I still do!


Chris said...

I am enjoying this look back at your picture taking history :)

Berly said...

I love your photo story!

Mary Ivancicts said...

Just loved your photo stories and catching up on all the rest of your stories and stitching!

CJ said...

Hi Meari -

I have truly enjoyed reading your photo memories. I remember both of those cameras and it just makes me chuckle. You should send your first review to Polaroid, I think they would love it.


Carm said...

I had a Brownie Camera as a kid. I have some 110 film that needs developed. Need to know where I can get it done and not cost an arm and a leg,LOL!

Carol said...

I think I had the same camera, Meari--love seeing all the old photos. Had to laugh at the kid giving one of your cousins "bunny ears" in the last one :)

Denise said...

Great photos of the past! always fun to go through them. One idea is to scan them to your computer and save them to a disk, that way if the original keeps darkening you will a copy preserved on a disk. Just a thought!
Happy Stitching ( photo taking)

Pam in IL said...

Loving these stories and pics! I've noticed some of my pics are darkening too.

Shelley said...

Thank you for sharing!
Love the pictures.

Anonymous said...

Very cool! My first camera used 110 film as well, with a flash cube. :)

Karin in CA

Melinda said...

Love looking at pictures taken long ago. Thank you for sharing

Anonymous said...

Seeing that 110 pocket camera brings back memories for me. I had one too. I am really enjoying hearing more about your love of photography & seeing your pictures. Thanks for sharing.
Betty in AZ (ILCS)

Kay said...

So cute! Thank you for sharing all these wonderful photos and for letting us into your fond memories as a child!

Sandra said...

Hi Meari! Love you family pictures. You made me remember when I got my first camera, I was eleven and it was an instant camera , it was so cutting edge lol

Anonymous said...


I love to read your blog and look all of those wonderful pictures


htimcj said...

I remember those cameras! Great pictures!
Heidi ILCS

Akila said...

Wow, great memory. Lovely pictures