Updated review: Kodak Monitor Six-20

This folding camera from the 1940s takes 620 film, which hasn’t been made since 1995. But it’s worth using anyway, because it comes with the excellent Anastigmat Special lens. I’ve updated my review; read it here.

Kodak Monitor Six-20


8 responses to “Updated review: Kodak Monitor Six-20”

  1. Adnan Aslam Dar Avatar

    Awesome camera thanks

  2. -N- Avatar

    Great pictures, and as others have said, that picket fence is really lovely. If you plan to use your camera again, here is a link to make 120 usable in a 620 camera: https://www.lomography.com/magazine/178618-how-to-modify-120-film-for-a-620-film-camera, as well as a 3D printer spool for 120 film on a 620 spool: https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:44749.

    Like you, I enjoy folders. They have such a lovely quality, and they are fun to use – you have to think a bit and slow down – which I find to be a luxury I truly enjoy – time!

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      Thank you! I’m going to give respooling 120 a go. I have a bunch of 620 spools here and I have a dark bag, and respooling doesn’t look that hard. I resisted it for a long time and now I’m not sure why.

      I’ve loved old folders since I started collecting as a boy. The most challenging thing, I find, is finding one with good bellows. The next most common challenge is bad shutter linkage, on cameras that have that. I’m developing a few basic repair skills that apply especially well on folders. Maybe that’s were I need to take my collection now.

      1. -N- Avatar

        I am sure you have heard of Certo6 (Jurgen Kreckel). He does repairs and I have a number of folders I have boughten from him, none of which have failed to please. Personally, I shy away from repairs just because I don’t like that kind of fiddly work, so having a good repair person is so important. Sometimes I wish there were repair schools!

        1. Jim Grey Avatar

          Oh yes, he’s very well known. I generally don’t like fiddly work either and there’s a real limit on what I’m willing to do. But if I can do some easy repairs to get an old folder basically working, then I can put a roll through it to find out if I like it. If I like it enough, then it’s worth paying a pro to overhaul it!

          1. -N- Avatar

            Makes sense to me. Some of my favorite cameras – not folders generally – have been gotten for a song. These days I am having a total love affair with film but have vowed NO MORE cameras. So, my husband 3D printed a 6×6 pinhole camera which I plan to use pretty soon!!

        2. Jim Grey Avatar

          That sounds like fun!

          I’ve dramatically slowed my rate of buying cameras. Reviews have become the cornerstone of this blog so I’ll keep at it, but more and more I just want to shoot my favorite cameras.

          1. -N- Avatar

            Youth is for acquisition, age for purging and using what you like!

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