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Specifications For Kodak Vintage Projectors

Kodak is an American technology company that has been producing imaging equipment for nearly 130 years. Because it has been in business for so long, the company has produced items like film projectors and screens that are now considered vintage. If you are looking for a way to display 8mm slides at your next gathering, knowing some common projector models and how they work can help you find the product that suits your purpose.

What are some features of 8mm slides?

Some vintage projectors use the 8mm film format to display moving video or stills in the form of slides. This was a common format for use by home-movie projectors and amateur filmmakers. Regular 8mm film is actually 16mm film that is exposed on only half of its total width. Once one side of this film runs out, you can flip it over to display the images on the other side. Because of that, 8mm slides can store more on a smaller roll than some other slide formats.

What are the parts of an 8mm projector?

Most devices for playing 8mm film or displaying slides contain the following main parts:

  • A light source for illuminating the reel during display.
  • Curved lenses to redirect and concentrate light toward the film gate.
  • A dowser to protect the film from the lamp when the film is not moving.
  • A film gate to stop and hold the slides or reels briefly and allow you to see them projected onto the screen.
  • Shutters to create the illusion of moving images on the screen.
  • An imaging lens to project the images onto a flat surface.
  • A projection screen.
How do you set up a projection room?

If you have chosen the projection model you prefer, you may wish to set up a room for viewing the films or slides of your choice. There are a few steps you can take to get your projector ready and prepare the room for viewing.

  • Mount the film reel of your choice on the film advance reel axis.
  • You may wish to ensure the film is straight at the tip so that the reel can advance it properly.
  • Thread the film through the lens portion of the unit.
  • Make sure the viewing room is sufficiently dark for your needs.
  • You may wish to use a projection screen or a white wall as a viewing surface.
  • Adjust the focus of the images on the screen as necessary.
  • Insert the end of the film into the empty spool and flip it to the backward position to rewind it.
How do you maintain vintage projection equipment?

These steps provide one way you might take care of your projection device:

  • Turn off and unplug the device.
  • Open the unit's casing.
  • Apply one or two drops of specialized oil to the oil well.
  • Clean the bulb and lens with some lens cleaner.
  • Blow out any dust.