Kodak Junior Six-16 Series II

I scored a beautiful folding camera not too long ago, a Kodak Junior Six-16 Series II. Doesn’t it look like it was hardly ever used?

Kodak Junior Six-16, Series II

From 1934 to 1936, Kodak produced a camera with a gorgeous art-deco body called the Six-16 that, true to its name, used size 616 film. It was expensive at $40, so in 1935, Kodak put the same works inside a more pedestrian body, lowered the price, and called it the Junior Six-16. They made a few improvements to the camera in 1937, added “Series II” to the name, and charged $12 for it. It went out of production in 1940.

Kodak also made a Junior Six-20 camera very similar to the Junior Six-16 except that it took size 620 film. Kodak hasn’t made either 616 or 620 film in years, but if you have a spare 620 spool, you can roll still-available 120 film onto it for your 620 camera. There’s no such luck with 616 film, and so my poor Junior Six-16 will have to be satisfied with looking good on a shelf in my living room.

Kodak Junior Six-16, Series II

Kodak made a bazillion folding cameras in about the first half of the last century. They’re very easy to come by and, with a few exceptions, won’t put much hurt on your checkbook. But most old folders I find are significantly worn, sometimes with the leather chipping or peeling off or the bellows brittle or torn. This folding Kodak is in the best condition of any I’ve ever seen. It also came in its original box.

Go here to see a photo taken with a Kodak Junior Six-16, Series II.

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38 responses to “Kodak Junior Six-16 Series II”

  1. Greg Avatar

    Hi,

    It’s so odd that you just posted this entry. I also just came across the same kind of camera while helping my parents move out (it belonged to my mother’s aunt), and the one I found also has the original box and is in amazing condition.

    I imagine you’ve come across this page with the manual:
    http://www.butkus.org/chinon/kodak/kodak_junior/kodak_junior.htm

    However (and sorry to bug you with questions), my model seems to have some significant differences from yours and those I see around the internet. My speed selector has fewer choices (just T and 100, if I remember right), and my stop opening pointer is a dial rather than a lever. I was just curious if maybe you’ve come across anything that explains that—such as, do I have a camera that’s different than what the box says?

    Thanks if you can help!

    1. Jerry Duhn 602-16th st. Spirit Lake, Iowa 51360 MINT SHAPE Avatar
      Jerry Duhn 602-16th st. Spirit Lake, Iowa 51360 MINT SHAPE

      i have the box and all the papers and books that come with it

  2. Jim Avatar

    Greg, I don’t know what to make of it. Does the release bar say “Kodak Junior Six-16 Series II”? If not, you have a different camera. Otherwise, I’d say you probably have a variant of some sort. I know that Kodak sometimes changed trim details on a camera for sale in the UK.

  3. Greg Avatar

    Well, I’ll look into it.

    Thank you!

    1. Jerry Duhn 602-16th st. Spirit Lake, Iowa 51360 MINT SHAPE Avatar
      Jerry Duhn 602-16th st. Spirit Lake, Iowa 51360 MINT SHAPE

      mine dont

  4. […] across this old folding Kodak in a local antique shop. At only $40 I was tempted, but I know it’s nearly impossible to get […]

  5. Richard Reid Avatar

    Pretty cool, I just bought a Junior Six-16 series II as well; came with a couple old minolta’s for a bargain. The kodak is almost new condition, in original box (tiny!), with all documentation and manuals etc. Pretty sad to hear that you cant get film for it because I would have liked to have tried it out. Well it will go on my shelf along with my growing collection, like yours.

  6. Jim Avatar

    Richard, mine came in its box, too. I’ll bet that if you wanted it bad enough you could cut 120 film to fit this camera, but… well, you’d have to want it pretty darn bad.

    1. Rebby Avatar

      you can purchase 120 already converted on 620 spools from B&H, but they cost around 12 bucks. its a deal considering you dont have to respool your self.

      1. Jim Avatar

        I’ve bought some – convenient, but yes, you pay for it!

  7. Dianna Avatar
    Dianna

    Hi,
    I am cleaning out my parents home and found the Kodak Junior six-16 series II in the original box with manuals. The difference from your photo
    and this camera is on the metal lever to pull the camera out does not say KODAK but has numbers 23951. What do you make of this and what is the value? Thanks, Dianns

    1. Rita Avatar
      Rita

      Hi,

      I too found a Kodak Junior six 16 Series II in the original box with manuals. The metal lever to pull the camera out also has numbers on it 62714. Did you ever find out anything about it?

      Rita

      1. Jim Avatar

        I am only guessing here — but I believe Kodak made this camera with various combos of lens and shutter, and the lowest line lens and shutter combo may have come with a plain metal pullout. Perhaps numbers were engraved on it. Is this the case with your camera?

  8. Jim Avatar

    Dianna, finding a camera in the box with manuals is always best for value, but unfortunately I’m no expert and couldn’t tell you what yours is worth. You might do an eBay search on closed auctions for this camera and see what similar ones have gone for. I’ve never seen one of these with numbers on that lever so that’s a puzzler to me!

  9. Dianna Avatar
    Dianna

    Jim, Thank you.

  10. REG Avatar

    There is film for the 616 but a bit expensive.
    Here is the loation and website.

    Central Camera Co., Inc
    230 S. Wabash Ave.
    Chicago, Il 60604
    1 (800) 421-1899
    http://www.centralcamera.com

  11. Paul von Fange Avatar
    Paul von Fange

    Two things – to Reg’s posting of 616 film at Central Camera – I don’t see it and I think it’s been discontinued. If you can find it somewhere, though, I’ll buy some! Second – Jim, I have a Kodak Junior Six-16 Series III. Do you know anything about it?

    1. Jim Avatar

      Sorry, no help!

  12. ELAINE TROUBLE Avatar
    ELAINE TROUBLE

    This past wknd I came across a KODAK JUNIOR SIX-16 and I fell in love with it and just had to have it. so I paid $13.00 and i cleaned it up and it’s on my shelf, I want to know do you know how much this camara would really be worth? I’m keeping mine because it does make my shelf look expensive. ; ) lol. If you can give me an answer I would really appreciate it.

    1. Jim Avatar

      I couldn’t tell you what this camera is worth. Best way to get a sense is to go to eBay and search on ended auctions for this camera, and see what they’re going for.

  13. Sofia Avatar

    I just bought the Kodak Junior Six-16 Series II and came across your post in doing some research.

    Later I found this really helpful link on how to convert the camera to using the 120 film, so I thought I’d post it here for your use:

    http://kodak.3106.net/index.php?p=516

    1. Jim Avatar

      Hi Sofia, and thank you for sharing this link! It looks like a lot of work, but now I know that I can put my old camera to use if I really want to!

  14. Jan labij Avatar

    Fabulous condition camera. Curious about what the lens and shutter say on them! Notice the little door on the back? That is because the film backing paper they had been using for verichrome film (and Ansco’s fabulous versachrome) could not stop the red light rays from printing through the backing paper on panchromatic film, so they put the door on to shut off the light except when you were winding to the next exposure. 616 size is unavailable, but 116 is available from one or two speciality houses. You need another 616 spool, and in something like a daylight changing bag, spool it over on one 616 spool, then re roll it back on the other spool and either tape it or rubber band it and bingo! a roll of 616 film.

    1. Jim Avatar

      Jan, thanks for shedding some light on 616/116. Who knows, maybe one day I’ll see if someone in town still processes film by hand and would be willing to take on a roll of 116-respooled-as-616!

      1. Jan labij Avatar

        What kind of heresy is this? Have some guy you don’t even know develope your film? What has the world come to! A $7.00 bottle of rodinal, some hypo, midnight in the bathroom with all of the house lights off and the window blocked off with a piece of black trash bag and the door shut and you are in business. Buy an old film developing tank off of e—-y. Before you buy the tank ask the seller how high the tank is without the tank lid on it. Should be 3 1/2 or more inches or more high. You’ll have to probably make a new spool spacer out of pvc pipe. Practice by developing 120 or 620 first so you learn how to load developing tank spool in the dark. When you have thought this all through, let me know as then I will tell you how to re-load ortho film for about $1.00 a load. So, if you start to develope before you contact me again, be careful to save all spools and the backing paper. Now, remember, this is all part of the fun of b/w film–YOU are in control!!

        1. Jim Avatar

          Heh, yeah, well… I’ve developed film before and let’s just say I enjoy the phot0-taking end of the process a WHOLE lot more!

  15. Sheila Greenlee Avatar
    Sheila Greenlee

    I have this camera with the box and paper work. I also have a CINE-KODAK MODEL K camcorder with box and paper work. They are both for sale! They are from1929-1930.

    1. Jim Avatar

      eBay is probably your best route to sell them!

      1. Sheila Greenlee Avatar
        Sheila Greenlee

        I was wondering if you know what price i should sell them for! Thank You!

        1. Jim Avatar

          I’m sorry, I just don’t know. Your best bet is to do an eBay search for closed listings that involve this camera — that should give you a great idea of what these sell for.

  16. ryoko861 Avatar

    Wow, sorry I missed this post!

    It’s gorgeous! And even though you can’t get film for it (how cool would that be if you could take pictures with it today?!) it’ll be beautiful sitting on display!

    1. Jim Avatar

      It sits atop my vintage Kodak Metal Tripod No. 1 in the corner of my living room!

      It still works, but I’d have to adapt it to work with 120 film. There are guides on the Internet for adapting 616/116 cameras to take 120 film, but lordy does that ever look like too much work.

  17. Ted Kappes Avatar

    I have a Senior 616 that was sitting around in a box forever. I patched up the bellows and found that I could feed a roll of 120 film unto the 616 spool. I judged the spacing by starting at 3 and incrementing by three. That yielded 5 2 1/4 x 4 1/4 images. Here is an example of what I got. It was fairly simple to do other than I had to unload the film in the dark.
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/pesotum74/5507110185/

    1. Jim Avatar

      That’s cool. I’ve heard of people making adapters for 616 cameras to take 120 but never considered just spooling 120 onto a 616 spool and hoping for the best.

  18. lettthesunshine10 Avatar
    lettthesunshine10

    Hi there, I am selling one of these vintage cameras on behalf of my grandmother. What would this sell for today? I am from Canada and it is in a worn box but I think it is in good condition—> I don’t know how to use it) Thanks for the help.

    1. Jim Avatar

      I have no idea! When I want to know what a camera might sell for, I go to eBay and search for completed listings of the camera.

  19. dan Avatar
    dan

    I would not count on getting much more than $20 if you are lucky. I collect cameras and this camera is so common I finally had to tell people to stop buying them for me as friends and family would see one at a rummage sale or fleas market and buy it for me, usually for a couple of bucks. I have 12 of them in excellent condition so I really wish I could say that they are worth a fortune,but, unfortunatly they are not.

    1. AEB Avatar
      AEB

      Thanks for all the information. I have my grandfather’s camera and box and instructions and its value to me is much greater, for the sentiment. I too have the camera displayed – the design is so beautiful. Interesting to know there are still so many of them out there, especially with Kodak going down the drain. So sad.

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