Kodak Cameras

Written by James Lyons
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George Eastman, founder of Kodak, had a dream of making photography "as easy as the pencil." The Kodak brand is recognized all over the world and has filled the American business landscape for decades. George Eastman, one of the most successful entrepreneurs in American history, was a high school dropout not known for his intellect. The events that followed proved a number of these early educators very wrong.

Kodak cameras are a reflection of incredible innovation. Eastman is responsible for so many innovations in the field of photography, it's easy to lose track. Before Eastman made his innovations, cameras were as big as a microwaves and required heavy tripods to effectively operate. People had to use little tents so they could spread photographic emulsion on glass plates before exposing them, and develop the exposed plates before they dried out.

The Evolution of Kodak Cameras

The world's first cameras were cumbersome to say the least. The cameras were huge, required chemicals, glass tanks, heavy plate holders, and jugs of water. Once George Eastman became infatuated with photography, the whole picture taking world went through a transformation. He vowed to make the picture taking process a much more user friendly procedure.

Eastman read in British magazines that many photographers were creating their own gelatin emulsions. Plates coated with this mixture remained sensitive after they were dry and could be exposed at will. Eastman took the formula from one of these British magazines and began making his own gelatin emulsions. This set off a chain of events that has lead to some of the best film and Kodak cameras in the world. Kodak is still known today as a brand that focuses on quality as well as innovation.


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