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can you help me idienify this camera?
Old 08-16-2006, 09:49 PM   #1 (permalink)
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My dad was going through his closet and found an old camera he bought back in the 50s and wanted to find out how much it was worth, I on the other had would like to know the uses for this camera.

Ok well its a Bower- X (2 1/4 x 3 1/4 and 2 1/4 x 2 1/4) not sure what the numbers mean, but I know it uses 620 film.

Any one have any info on this camera?
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The numbers are referring to the format. A lot of cameras used to be 2 1/4 by 2 1/4. That means that is the size of your negative. I would assume the other is for a panoramic. You can use todays 120 film with this camera if it is re-rolled onto a 620 spool. I have actually done this for an old Kodak folder I have. There is one older camera that makes the re-rolling quite easy. I picked up a non-working one e-bay pretty cheap, but it works for what I needed.

I did find one of these listed on e-bay for 9.99. Sorry, it didn't sell. Might be fun to play with though.

If your interested in possibly using this camera, let me know and I will send you some links I have found.
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It's a folding rangefinder camera that produced either 6cm x 9cm or 6cm x 6cm negatives/positives. With 620 film that was either 9 or 12 exposures. You can still find 620 film: Velvia 100, Ektachrome E100G (E6), Kodak Portra 160VC (C41), Kodak Plus-X, Tri-X TMax 100, and TMax 400 (B&W). Any place that processes 120/220 film should be able to process 620 film. The only real difference is the spool on which the film is wound. It has a Schneider 105mm lens, which would be equivalent to ~50mm lens on a 35mm camera.

In fantastic condition it may fetch $50. You can use it for just about anything you want, though I suspect most of them these days ensure that shelves and boxes don't float toward the ceiling.

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