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Mmm, nothing like vintage 1960s Instamatic goodness! Here is the Keystone K 1020 SLR camera - they very first Instamatic SLR. Yes, you read that right. I didn't even realize that anyone made Instamatic SLR cameras before I came across this one. It's nuts! This one was made in the mid-60s by Keystone, an American company based out of White Plains, New York.

Since this is an SLR, the image you see in the viewfinder is actually what will be exposed to the film. You focus by turning the focusing ring around the lens. The lens is a 48mm f2.8 Super Keytar. There is a selenium cell that controls the aperture. The selenium meter does still seem to be slightly responsive (there is a needle that moves inside the viewfinder that reacts to light), however, I am not certain how accurate it is.

The Keystone will also accept flashcubes. There is a flashcube socket on the top of the camera, but the camera also needs two 'N' sized batteries to operate the flash mechanism (see the manual for more details on this). This camera does come with one partially used flashcube that has two flashes remaining on it.

Overall, the camera seems to be in great condition. There is some sticker residue on the top of the camera, but besides that, it is in great cosmetic shape. The camera is shiny and clean, inside and out. The shutter fires reliably, and the inner mirror swings up with no difficulty at all. The lens looks clean. The camera comes with a camera strap.

The K 1020 takes 126 film, which is difficult, but not impossible to find. 126 conveniently happens to be the same width as 35mm film, so if you have a 126 cartridge, you can break it open and respool the 35mm onto the 126 backing paper and tape the cartridge back up. Using the film this way is a little haphazard, but possible.

The manual for this camera is available online here: http://www.butkus.org/chinon/keystone/keystone_k-1020.htm

Camera size - 4.5 x 3" x 4"
Camera weight - 1 lb, 6 oz.

***Item will be shipped internationally inside a Priority Mail Flat Rate padded envelope.

Keystone K 1020 SLR - 126 camera


  • Vintage item from the 1960s
  • Materials: metal, plastic, glass, camera
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