Antique & Vintage Photographic Equipment

No 4 Bulls-Eye Special Kodak Box Camera

Eastman Kodak Company

Name: No 4 Bulls-Eye Special Kodak box camera
Manufacturer: Eastman Kodak Co.
Country of Origin: USA
Construction: Leather covered wooden box. Internal bellows to allow lens to be focussed, operated by key recessed into side of body. Hinged front to allow access to lens and shutter. Two reflecting finders to accommodate landscape and portrait shots.
Production Period: 1898 - 1904

The 'Special' cameras were the same basic camera as the ordinary versions, but fitted with better quality lens and shutters. For example, the basic No 4 Bulls-Eye Kodak had an achromatic lens and a rotary shutter, while the No 4 Bulls-Eye Special Kodak had a rapid rectilinear lens in an Eastman Triple Action shutter.

Variant: Model of 1899
Film: 103 rollfilm (4" x 5")
Lens: Rapid Rectilinear
Shutter: Eastman Triple Action
Dimensions (w x h x l):  
Date of this Example: c1900
Serial Number: Serial 6511 stamped on the inside of the front cover.
  • Common [ ]
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  • Hard to Find [ ]
  • Scarce [ ]
Inventory Number: 297

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A good example, though the leather is a little dry and has quite a lot of surface scuffing, though the leather remains intact. It has its original handle, although this too is dry and starting to crack. Metalwork is in good order and remains bright; handle is intact. The internal bellows are in very good condition and move freely. The leather ring pull on opening front is intact.

It is fitted with a DIY lens cover, which can be difficult to remove if pushed in too far!

The original case is in a well worn state - almost a 'kit of parts'!


These cameras are more common in the US than they are in Europe, although they do turn up from time to time.