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Kodak Vollenda 620


Kodak Vollenda 620
Kodak Vollenda 620
Manufacturer: Kodak
Produced: UK 1936 - 1939
Classification:Medium Format
Body Type:Folding Bed
Bellows Deployment:Self Erecting
Film Type:620
Film Width:62mm
ImageSize:2¼ x 3¼ in
No. of Images:8
Lens Type:Kodak Anastigmat
Focal Length:105mm
Focus Type:Variable
Focal Range:1.5m - inf.
Aperture Type:Iris
Aperture:f/4.5 - f/32
Shutter Type :Compur
Shutter Speeds:T,B, I(1/250 - 1 sec)
Size Closed (w x h x d):95 x 185 x 39 mm
Size Open (w x h x d):125 x 185 x 145 mm

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Vollenda 620 Strut Detail
Vollenda 620 Strut Detail

The Vollenda 620 is a self erecting folding rollfilm camera that takes 8, 2½ x 3¼ inch exposures on 620 rollfilm. It has a f/4.5, 105 mm Kodak Anastigmat lens. The iris diaphragm gives a range of f/4.5 to f/32. It has a variable focus and will focus down to 3 feet. It has a rim-set Compur shutter with speeds 1 - 1/250s, B, T. It has a delayed action setting giving a delay of about 10-12 seconds.

The metal body is covered in leather and it has leather bellows. It has both a brilliant finder on the lens plate and a direct optical finder on the body. Film advance is indicated by red window and is not coupled to shutter so double exposure is possible. The first version of this camera appeared in 1934 but it had nickel trim rather than chrome and a frame finder rather than the optical finder.

Several lens and shutter combinations were available. These were:-

How to Use

Find the camera manual here

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.

If you don't want to bother with an exposure meter, follow the guide shown, using shutter speeds are 1/25s, 1/50s and 1/100s only. 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/5.6
Open Shade

Photographs taken with this Camera

Kodak Portra 160 film. Developed in Tetenal.

Bridge Lifts, Barrage, Cardiff Bay, Wales
Bridge Lifts, Barrage, Cardiff Bay, Wales
BBC TV Studios, Cardiff, Wales
BBC TV Studios, Cardiff, Wales
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Silver Ball Installation, Cardiff Bay
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