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Kodak Six Vintage Cameras

All About Kodak Six Vintage Cameras and Other Folding Cameras

Folding cameras were some of the first portable cameras as their sturdy box helped protect the working mechanisms while they were still light enough to carry. Eastman Kodak introduced their first folding models in 1897. While some people collect these cameras as conversation pieces, others love using them to produce unique effects in pictures.

What are some types of Six Vintage Cameras?

Kodak made several different models of Six cameras. They were all folding box cameras that some people nicknamed folders. Each came in a box that opened to reveal a camera with bellows. There are many types of folding cameras, including:

  • View - These vintage cameras take sheets of film usually measuring 4 by 5 inches.
  • Plate - These vintage cameras used metal or glass plates.
  • Strut - They often used a 4.5-inch by 6.5-inch roll film.
  • Folding bed - These vintage cameras have rails that bellows slide along, and they have a waist-level viewfinder.
  • Self-erecting - They have a lens that pops forward when the box is open.
  • Front-cell focusing - On these vintage cameras, only the front element moves when focusing the camera.
  • Unit focusing - On these cameras, all elements of the lens move in unison.
  • Hyper-focusing - All elements of these lenses move in unison along a rail.
  • Film-plane focusing -The lens on these cameras stays in place while the film moves back and forth.
  • Instant folding - These cameras use film that develops instantly.
What types of bellows are on folding cameras?

Bellows are an accordion-like, expandable part of the camera usually located between the viewfinder and the lens. Generally, folding models have either bag bellows used with short focal- length lenses or accordion bellows used with longer focal-length lenses. Moving the bellows up, down, right or left allows the photographer to capture different perspectives in photos.

What type of film do you need for folding cameras?

Folding cameras can take a variety of film depending on the model. These include:

  • 116 - This film measures 70 millimeters wide, and most often it is wound on wooden spools.
  • 120 - This film measures 62 millimeters wide, and it comes on an open spool that may be wooden, metal or plastic.
  • 122 - This film measures 3.25 by 5.5 inches producing postcard-size images.
  • 127 -This film is also called 3A, is 46 mm wide, and usually comes on a metal spool.
  • 127 autographic film - This film was the same size as 127, but it contains a space for photographers to write picture details once the film was developed.
  • 620 - This film measures the same width as 120 film, but the end flange and spool are smaller.
  • 35 mm - This film measures 34.98 millimeters wide, and it is usually found on plastic spools.
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