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Kodak Medalist II - 1946
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• Huge, heavy, serious 620 camera

• $215 in 1946 ($2404 in 2010 dollars)

The Medalist II had a lot of features, some of them unique: The back could open from the left or right, or come off completely; focusing turned double helicals, which moved dual prisms that constituted a split-image rangefinder. The lens was excellent, and certainly the large image size made for excellent enlargements.

I haven't shot with mine, mostly because it takes 620 film, which is no longer made. However, it's possible with a bit of effort to reload 120 film, which is the same size, onto 620 spools, or even have the camera modified for 120.

27-July-2011 Update: I did indeed reload 120 onto a 620 spool, which turned out to be extremely easy. My Medalist II works perfectly! Two photos are shown below.

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Photo taken with Medalist II on Kodak Ektar 100.

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