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Six-16 "kodak" Mod C


Six-16 kodak Mod C
Six-16 Mod C
Manufacturer: Kodak
Produced: UK 1938-1939
Classification:Medium Format
Body Type:Folding bed
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:120mm
Focal Range:3.5ft - inf.
Aperture Type:Iris
Aperture:f/6.3 - f/32
Shutter Type :O.V.
Shutter Speeds:T,B,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 was introduced in 1934 but from 1938 it was redesigned to become the model C. It has angled ends to the body which is covered with pig-grained leatherette. It has brilliant finders as well as a folding frame finder. It features black enamelled side panels with nickel lines. The shutter plate is round but has an octagonal chrome and black enamel deco pattern. It has a swiveling red window cover. The struts are quite plain compared to its predecessor.

It supported various combinations of lens and shutter. These included Kodak Anastigmat f/6.3 and f/4.5 coupled with O.P.S., O.V., Compur S, and Compur Rapid shutters. It was discontinued in 1939.

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'.