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USAAF K17 Camera

K-17 Camera

The K17 was the most common camera used by the USAAF. Used in the vertical or oblique mode.

Camera Details:
9 x 9 inches negative size
Between-the-lens shutter
A magazine of 250 exposures was fitted.
Focal length lens of 6", 12" & 24" could be fitted

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K-18 Camera

The K-18 reconnaissance camera differed from the K-17 in construction. The K-18 body and lens cone were built as a single unit.

Camera Details:
Film format was 9" x 18"
Between-the-lens shutter.
Lens: 24" focal length f/2.5.
Two types of film magazines could be fitted, the A-7 mag with 45 exposures or the A-8 with 245 exposures.

The picture is of the K-18's manual-operation-only predecessor, the K-7C
K-18 USAAF Camera

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K19B Night Camera
K-19B Night Camera

A few night missions were flown in 1945 using the K-19B. The cameras shutter was triggered by a photocell which detected the flash bomb ignition.

Camera Details:
9 x 9 inch image format.
Shutter: Between the lens.
Lens: 12 inch.
Magazine: 250 exposures.

The picture shows a K-19B with A-5A film magazine. Photocell unit is also attached.

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K-22

The K-22 was a 9" x 9" format camera which could be fitted with a focal length lens options of 6", 12", 24", and 40" focal length. Unlike the others, its shutter was a focal plane type.

The K-22 was the only camera that could not be hand cranked.

The picture shows a K-22 with 12" lens fitted and A-5A film magazine, giving 250 exposures.
K-22



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