Back to Everest with a VPK Camera!
In October 2010 I was trekking in the Nepalese Himalayas and above Namche Bazaar had a quite perfect view of a cloudless Everest summit. I photographed this using the same type of Vest Pocket Kodak camera used by Mallory and Irvine on their attempt to make the first accent of Everest in 1924.
The 95+ year old camera with its British un-coated f6.5 Cooke triplet lens produced wonderful images of Everest and nearby mountains on 127 black and white roll-film.
Using the cameras maximum shutter speed of 50th sec. and the lens set to infinity, exposures were made at different apertures on Efke 127 roll-film rated at 100 ISO.
The Vest Pocket Kodak's shutter worked perfectly and the bellows remained light-tight. Not the least of everything, the camera survived unscathed from being bumped around in a rucksack for two weeks in the Himalayas at high altitude. Clearly VPK cameras are strong and were built to last!