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Kodak Six-20 Brownie Senior

Specification


six-20-brownie Senior
Kodak Six-20 Brownie Senior
Manufacturer: Kodak
Produced: 1939 - 1940
Type:Box
Film Size:620
Image Size:2¼ x 3¼ in
Lens Type:Meniscus
Focus Type:Fixed + Portrait Lens
Focal Length:95mm
Focus Range:6ft to inf. 3-4ft with Portrait lens
Aperture Type :Fixed
Aperture :f/11
Shutter Type:Rotary
Shutter Speeds:B,I*(1/40 sec)
Size (w x h x d):84 x 105 x 105 mm
* Measured on this camera

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Description

The Kodak Six-20 Brownie Senior is a box-type camera from the late 1930s. The Art Deco front bezel meets a matching side bezel for the shutter lever and other controls. The body is metal and covered in leatherette. The leatherette is used for the film door hinge. It has two reflecting brilliant finders. There are two versions of this camera. One has a portrait lens covering 3-4 feet whilst the other has a portrait lens covering 4-6 feet. It has a genuine leather handle. There is a tripod mount. It is also almost identical to the Kodak Six-20 Portrait Brownie camera.

How to Use

This camera takes 620 film which is still available from selected photographic outlets. Although the actual film is the same as 120 film, the spools are different. The 620 spools are slightly shorter and have a smaller diameter. Do not use 120 film in this camera because it will jam and may snap. It is possible to cut down a spool of 120 film to fit or to re-spool some 120 film onto 620 spools in a darkroom or changing bag.

Don't forget to ask for your 620 spool back when getting the film developed.

As the shutter speed is only 1/40s, it is advisable to use a tripod to get clear shake free images. However, holding it against a wall or other solid object would work as well. For quick snapshots, hold it firmly against your body.

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.

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

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

Using ISO 100/125 film - shutter speed 1/40s

Weather ConditionsShadow DetailApertureExposure
Sunny
Snow/Sand
Dark
with sharp edges
f/11+3 Stops
Overexposed
Acceptable
SunnyDistinctf/11+2 Stops
Overexposed
Acceptable
Slight OvercastSoft around edgesf/11+1 Stop
Overexposed
Acceptable
OvercastBarely visiblef/11Good
Heavy OvercastNonef/11-1 Stop
Underexposed
Acceptable
Open Shade
/Sunset
Nonef/11-2 Stops
Underexposed
Not Acceptable