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Six-16 "kodak" - Canadian model


Six-16 kodak Canadian model
Six-16 'kodak' Canadian model
Manufacturer: Kodak
Produced: Toronto Canada 1932-1935
Classification:Medium Format
Body Type:Box
Bellows Deployment:Self Erecting
Film Type:616
Film Width:70mm
ImageSize:2½ x 4¼ in
No. of Images:8
Lens Type:Kodak Anastigmat
Focus Type:Variable
Focal Length:128mm
Focal Range:5ft - inf.
Aperture Type:Iris
Aperture:f/6.3 - f/32
Shutter Type : Dakar No.1
Shutter Speeds:T,B,1/10,1/25,1/50,1/100 sec
Size Closed (w x h x d):97 x 185 x 39 mm
Size Open (w x h x d):97 x 185 x 150 mm

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The Six-16 Kodak is indeed a good looking camera. It was introduced in 1932 but from 1936 it was redesigned to become the model C. It was the first model to use the slimmer 616 film spool. It has angled ends to the body which is covered with pig-grained leatherette. It has a swivelling brilliant finder. A folding frame finder was added in 1934. It features black enamelled side panels with nickel lines. The struts are ornate with chrome with black enamel, unlike the redesigned Model C which are quite plain. It has a red window cover. It has tripod sockets for both landscape and portrait modes.

It supported various combinations of lens and shutter. These included Kodak Anastigmat f/6.3 and f/4.5 coupled with Diodak, Kodal, Kodon,compur and Dakar shutters. There is a socket for a cable release.

How to Use

This camera takes uses 616 film which is not available anymore except as expired films. This means that the camera needs modification to take 120 film. Modification is fairly straight forward and will easily give 5 'panoramic' exposures producing 2¼ x 4¼ inch negatives. Check out my page on 'Conversion of a 616 camera to take 120 film'.


If you don't want to bother with an exposure meter, follow the guide shown. It is based on the 'Sunny 16' rule. Film is so forgiving and will produce acceptable results even when overexposed by 2 or 3 stops or underexposed by 1 stop.

Remember that the exposure guide in the camera user manual may not be helpful as it is based on the use of old film with a low ISO value.

The tables assume that the sun is at least 30 degrees above the horizon - that's 10am - 5pm on a summer's day (May - August) in the UK.

If you are not sure about the light level, err on the side of overexposure - i.e. assume the smaller f number.

Where there is a choice, a larger f number will give a larger depth of field.

For the slower speeds, you may need a tripod to stop blur through shake.

Using ISO 100/125 film

Weather ConditionsShadow DetailShutter Speed (s)
with sharp edges
Slight OvercastSoft around edgesf/22f/16f/11
OvercastBarely visiblef/16f/11f/8
Heavy OvercastNonef/11f/8f/6.3
Open Shade