Kodak 620 Special with 100mm f/4.5 Anastigmat
Resolution in Lines per mm (center/middle/edge)
With target distance set at 12 feet 40 63 45 f/11 at 13' on lens scale 63 57 31 f/11 at 11' on lens scale 57 63 36 f/16 at 12' on lens scale 63 57 50 f/22 at 12' on lens scale
This camera is small and very light.
Takes 620 spools, so 120 film needs to be re-spooled onto the correct 620 spindles.
The rear eye glass for watching the film advance numbers is so pale that in daylight the film can become fogged.
This page presents a wonderful Kodak camera. These are widely available for very cheap. I paid less than $50 for this and sold it on eBay for not much more than what I originally paid for it. If you're looking for a low cost but very high quality way of entering 120/620 format photography, this is one very usable approach.
Useful note: Kodak Anastigmat lenses represent the origins of the highly praised Commericial Ektars of the 1950's and 1960's. The Anastigmats are worthy of equal praise, even though many are uncoated. Check out the images found toward the bottom of this page for visual confirmation of this statement. :)
1947 Steam Locomotive leaves Hillsboro Station
This train visits Hillsboro, Oregon once or twice a year. So the last time it came to town we could hear it all day working up and down the tracks. It was getting late, so I grabbed the Kodak Special and headed to the train station.
As luck would have it, it was firing up to leave the station and my camera wasn't loaded with film! After something of a mad dash to get the film into the camera, I guessed the distance to focus the lens, and quickly read the shadow area of the train to sed the exposure.
This image is one of four I took as the engine pulled away. Who says one can't use these little folding cameras as 'point and shoot' devices? :) :) :)