Doing this one next as even though I have had it for a long time, I have decided to sell it.
This is a Kodak Six20 Junior model D to be specific and dates from about 1934. I’m not sure exactly how long I have had this but probably close to 30 years. This is a UK version of the Six-20 and is slightly less ornate than some of the US versions I have seen.
Kodak introduced 620 film when they released the Six-20 in the US in 1931 and, presumably to force a change, they also stopped producing cameras taking 120 film. They didn’t re-introduce 120 until Kodak Ltd. in the UK manufactured a few models in the 1950’s and ’60’s. 620 film remained the main format (mostly I guess due to the popularity of Kodak with the general public) until the 1960’s, when the introduction of the cartridge-loading 126 film Instamatics meant the you didn’t have to struggle to load roll film anymore.
Kodak 620 film continued to be manufactured into the mid-1990’s, but is no not available. However as the film is basically the same, 120 film can be re-rolled onto a 620 spool (which is slightly smaller) and so allow these cameras to be used.
|Kodak Ltd||Six20 Junior||620 Folding||1934||Kodak Doublet?||T, B, 1/25, 1/50, 1/100 sec||11, 16, 22, 32|
It’s fully functional and a great little medium format camera that folds neatly for easy carrying. Operation is simple with only a short range of settings. It has tripod mounts for both portrait and landscape and the viewfinder pivots for either orientation. It does show signs of it’s age with some of the paint worn away in places resulting in small patches of rust. The leather is peeling in places too but I see that as patina and the character of the camera.
I picked up a film last week to run through it and although the winding was a little tight (not totally sure it was the right spool) it behaved very well; can’t say the same for the operator who was not taking his time, was a little shaky and didn’t think about turning the camera sideways.