Kodak Duo 620 Series II folding camera made in Germany f3.5 lens 7.5cm good

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Kodak Duo 620 Series II folding camera made in Germany f3.5 lens 7.5cm good

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Kodak Duo 620 Series IIThe Duo Six-20 is a precision made self-erecting folding camera which was manufactured by Kodak A.G. Dr Nagelwerk, Stuttgart, Germany between 1934 – 37.Throughout its lifespan the camera existed in several forms with differing specifications and finish.This particular camera is a Series II from later in the manufacturing period.General FeaturesThe camera is designed to use 620 size film and takes 16 exposures in 6 x 4.5 cm format. The Duo is fitted with a uncoated Kodak Anastigmat 7.5 cm lens which is focused in the range 3.5 feet to infinity by movement of the lens/shutter assembly on a rotating helix.Depth of Field for any selected aperture is found by using the calculator incorporated into the top plate.The maximum aperture is f3.5 adjustable to f22 by movement of a quadrant lever located on the side of the lens assembly. The lens assembly incorporates a “between the lens” Compur Rapid leaf shutter. The shutter has speed settings of 1, 1/2, 1/5, 1/10, 1/15, 1/25 1/50, 1/100, 1/250, 1/300 T and B, and is tensioned by a lever mounted on the shutter body and released by depressing a plunger mounted on the camera top plate.The shutter is not synchronised and no delayed action mechanism is provided. There is provision for the use of a cable release.The camera has a folding baseboard which is hinged on the bottom of the camera body and self-erecting lens panel attached to the body by leather folding bellows. The baseboard is released by pressing a button located on the camera top plate, and will close only when the lens is set to its infinity position.The camera body incorporates a hinged back, which opens to 180 degrees and includes a two red windows for observing the exposure number when advancing the film.In common with other “half-frame” rollfilm cameras of the period, each of the eight index marks on the the film backing is used twice: first in the right hand window and then in the left, thus halving the standard frame to give 16 exposures.A tripod bush is provided on the base plate and an accessory shoe is fitted to the top plate. The top plate of the camera body carries the film winding knob, shutter release, panel release, accessory shoe, depth of field calculator and a folding reverse telescope viewfinder. The viewfinder has neither parallax or dioptric adjustment, and shows the image approximately two thirds natural size.The camera body is manufactured from die-cast alloy with a chrome and black grain leather finish. Metal fittings and trimmings are satin or bright chromium plated. In addition the baseboard struts and release plate are attractively finished in a simple “art-deco” style, as is the lens and shutter escutcheon.This camera is in fair condition and comes in what appears to be its original lether case. The case has a couple of small repairs to edges with sticking plasters (see picture) and a lace reinforcing the carry strap.The approximate camera dimensions (D x H x L) are 37 x 94 x 130 mm and it weighs 615 g.It will be dispatched well protected, boxed and bubble wrapped.Post and packing (UK) is free. It will be sent via Collect + signed for and tracked delivery.Please feel free to contact me for international postage rates or indeed for any further information on this lovely old camera.

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