I’ve been working on my viewfinder photography lately with my Kodak Duaflex and falling in love with it. These were taken during a walk to Parc La Fontaine while I watching the skaters on the lake. I’ve actually shown a few photographs taken on the same day without using the viewfinder technique with my Nikon if you want to compare. I just find the viewfinder photos to be more whimsical, yet they still have the sharpness and clarity that you would expect from a DSLR camera image. To me it’s the best of both worlds. I did load the camera up with film to shoot as well but it got jammed (again, this camera has a history of jamming on me) so I was a little disappointment. I’ve been trying to do a set where I take a viewfinder photo and a photo with the camera so I can compare scene for scene between the film photo and the viewfinder photo (thought it’d be a neat idea of the blog). When I got home I tried to fix the film jam without exposing the film but I had no luck and had to wreck a roll of 120mm. So I don’t know when I’ll be willing to reload that camera with film as it is a film eater but I am hoping to do a photo shoot with someone using the viewfinder method as I think that’d be neat.
The Brownie Target Six-20 is a box type camera made of metal first made in 1946 and producted for over 8 years. It has the art deco detail on the front, and two seperate viewfiners. This guy uses 620 film, which as I’ve mentioned before is no longer available but the you can use altered 120 film with this him. He is a really cutie!
This is a really great video showing you all the features of this camera if you have one at home or find one and want to take photos with it: here
Kodak Dualflex II : Through the Viewfinder
Dualflex II is a 620 film pseudo TLR, which has a large viewfinder at the top so you can easy take photos using a digital camera (or even your phone) of the viewfinder yet get the uniqueness of the Kodak lens
This is great because the Dualfex is is 60 year old camera and happens to use 620 film no longer made by any company. There is a way to use film with this camera though, 620 is actually the same size as 120mm film however the spools are a different size. So if you’ve bought one of these camera or want to (or any 620 film camera) you actually can make your own 620 film if you have 2 spools and 120 film…you can also buy expensive ‘620’ film from some online stores but all that means is they’ve done the work for you. I have two cameras that use this type of film, and actually manged to get 3 spools in total so I plan on converting 120 film and using the camera soon!