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Kodak Startech
France Version française
Photos by Sylvain Halgand text by Sylvain Halgand. From the collection of Sylvain Halgand. Last update 2012-02-13 par Eric Borel.

Manufactured or assembled in USA from 1963 to (After) 1963.
Index of rarity in France: Rare (among non-specialized garage sales)
Inventory number: 682

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Traduction de Sylvain Halgand

In what, Startech does differ it from usual Starflash and why?
Startech aimed at the customers of the dentists, which it made it possible to take large plans of the mouth ( Ahhhhh!), but also any person wishing to make macrophotography.

For that, it was sold with a set of two caps (green and a red) to put in front of the lens, in order to modify the distance minimum of clearness. The cap was to correspond to the setting of the aperture (calibrated in-depth of field): 25-40 cm for the green one and 10-20 cm for the red (10-16 inches or 4-6 inches on the American version). To facilitate the calculation of the distance, a chain * with three colors (metal, red, green) was attached to the camera and was to be tended by the photographer, between the camera and the subject. The color of the chain in contact with the object determined the cap to install. A metal framework to fix under the camera made it possible to maintain the distance minimum between the lens and the object and facilitated framing.

In front of the former window of the finder seat a small prism took which made it possible to the dentist to see the teeth and not the holes of nose of the patient. Interdependent of the prism, a transparent protection covered the aperture of the parabola of the flash. I do not know if it protected the patient from the flash or the reverse… The two visible rivets of each side of the finder made it possible to maintain the prism-protection unit.

In the outfit was a gray “decoration”, way melts of studio, as well as a black paper sheet.

Startech exists only in white.

* This chain does not exist in the American kit. The instructions advise to use a cord with nodes at the adequate distances! The metal framework misses also American kit.

Kodak Startech
La version américaine

Kodak Startech