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Re: filmscanners: open and control



I think you might be talking about the Super Kodak 620, which was apparently the first automatic exposure camera. It had a big sensor array above the lens area. It was a folder, also. Very 'advanced', but died out before long.

At 02:27 PM 06/04/2001, you wrote:
Richard wrote:

> What was that monster Kodak 2 1/4 x 3 1/4 rangefinder (220 film) that they
sold during the war and possibly before?  Beautifully built in the US,
uncoatedoptics that were quite good, it looked like a kid's toy on steriods.

Oooh, that's a toughie. The Medalist was a 620, but it looks and sounds like
you describe. Right years, too--1941-1946. Could also be a Duex, also 620,
1940-1946, but cheap, probably not as heavy as you describe. If you have one
and send it to me, I could get a much better fix on it--I'd pay the shipping
one-way. Don't ever expect to get it back, OTOH. ;-)

The Retina IIIc was in fact one of the last really good cameras Kodak made,
from about 1960. German-made largely, certainly the optics with a Compur
shutter. Kodak also made some reasonably good reflex cameras about then.  I
don't have any of them, but I know of a lake where there's one at the bottom
of. :-)

Best regards--LRA


------Original Message------
From: Richard.Starr@valley.net (Richard Starr)
To: filmscanners@halftone.co.uk
Sent: June 4, 2001 7:20:37 PM GMT
Subject: Re: filmscanners: open and control


--- You wrote:
Argus had almost "ruled the roost" for reasonably-priced 35mm with its
C-Series "bricks" (Kodak did have the very good Retina, which was smaller,
lighter...and German-made; and the Ektra-- these were in very short supply
and cost $300 in the 1940's--the eauivalent of $3000 or more in today's
economy).
--- end of quoted material ---
Lynn,

What was that monster Kodak 2 1/4 x 3 1/4 rangefinder (220 film) that they
sold
during the war and possibly before?  Beautifully built in the US, uncoated
optics that were quite good, it looked like a kid's toy on steriods.  I had
one
for a while.  Some years ago you could pick them up quite cheaply.  I think
they were intended for the military.

I loved my Retina IIIC but it left static tracks on Tri X film.  Made
beautiful
chromes.  I had both auxiliary lenses too.

Rich


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