Watch the birdie

Next on my vintage camera list is the Kershaw Eight-20 King Penguin folding camera. It was produced in England by Kershaw-Soho around 1951 with the hefty price tag of £5, 8s and 2d. These days you can pick one up for about £10-£15 on eBay.

It takes 8 pictures on 120 roll film, has simple B/I shutter, with two apertures, f/11 or f/16. I’m looking forward to giving it a whirl with a Neopan 400 I have lurking about.

Most of the post-war Kershaw cameras were named after birds – Curlew, King Penguin, Penguin, Peregrine and Raven, so the fact it was given to me by a man whose surname is Peacock is rather satisfying!


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