My growing collection of vintage cameras …

My growing collection of vintage cameras …

This is another new acquisition from my recent trip to the United States.  Vintage cameras are grossly over priced in Japan and non-Japanese ones are a rarity, so I hunt when abroad.  This was sitting the cluttered back room of a huge antique shop. 

This is a Kodak Brownie Target Six-20 from somewhere between 1946-1952 (based on rivets instead of screws on the faceplate I’d estimate this to have been made closer to the 1950’s).  It’s in working condition and fair cosmetic condition.  I bought it to shoot and experiment with, but I am really loving it so I think I am going to search for a excellent condition one as a collectable.  I like the art deco styling of cameras from this period.

Like my Ansco Shure Shot that I posted about previously, this camera is held waist level and you look through a lens to an angled mirror which shows you the field of view.  You hold the camera upright for portrait or turn it on it’s side for landscape orientation.  It has a fixed shutter speed of about 1/50th and B mode and a selectable aperture of F/11 or F/16.  Shutter mode and aperture are selected by pulling out metal tabs on the side and top of the face plate.  The lens is actually behind the shutter which is behind a protective glass window (that is not the lens you are seeing in the front!)

This camera takes the extinct 620 film, but that’s easy enough to deal with by either trimming 120 film spools or re-spooling 120 onto vintage 620 spools (I’ve bought several and this camera even had one inside it.) 

I find this camera to be fun and charming to use.  It’s 6cmx9cm negatives are nice and large.  In it’s day it was typical to do contact prints from these large negatives as your primary source of prints.  Contact printing is easy enough, I may try this myself when I get some free time.

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