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05-12-2014, 07:06 PM   #1636
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Kodak Medalist II par Daiku San, on ipernity
Love Medalists, both the original and the Medalist II. I own one of these things and they are amazing.

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Kodak Medalist II par Daiku San, on ipernity
I don't think too many here would have even heard of these. One of the few good quality cameras Kodak made; the others were the earlier Retinas / Retinettes. 620 film if I remember.
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QuoteOriginally posted by unixrevolution Quote
Love Medalists, both the original and the Medalist II. I own one of these things and they are amazing.
Yes, I think it's one of the coolest cameras ever made.

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I don't think too many here would have even heard of these. One of the few good quality cameras Kodak made; the others were the earlier Retinas / Retinettes. 620 film if I remember.
Probably one of the best American Kodak made cameras, and possibly the best American made cameras. The Kardon and the Kodak Ektra are definitely more valuable though.
The Medalist is an odd design, but is superbly built. It is a 620 camera, which a con, but it also means it's affordable. I imagine that if it were 120, it would be 5-10 times more valuable.
Blue Moon Camera in Portland sells modified 120 film for under $10 a roll, so as long as I have a 620 take-up spool, I can shoot this thing.
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Blue Moon Camera in Portland sells modified 120 film for under $10 a roll, so as long as I have a 620 take-up spool, I can shoot this thing.
Well that is fortunate having access to film like that. How is the lens, compared to say the medium format folders of the era, many which were Tessar design or triplets?

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Here's one for a size reference.



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Well that is fortunate having access to film like that. How is the lens, compared to say the medium format folders of the era, many which were Tessar design or triplets?
The Ektar 100/3.5 is 5 element Heliar type lens. I haven't shot anything with it yet, but it's reputed to one of the best of its type ever made.
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QuoteOriginally posted by arnold Quote
I don't think too many here would have even heard of these. One of the few good quality cameras Kodak made; the others were the earlier Retinas / Retinettes. 620 film if I remember.
Nesster had (and may still have) a Medalist. There was another user from Vancouver, Canada who shot with one, but he is no longer active here. His camera had been modified to use 120 film. Oh, and I almost bought one several years ago, but it was gone when I went back.

The lens is fabulous.


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Here's one for a size reference. ...
Thanks Colton ... I do think that I have ever seen one in the real. Enjoy! J
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Thought I would show two methods of 'Off Camera Flash' I use -- the camera is my 1974 ASAHI PENTAX SPOTMATIC F which has a 'hot shoe' and the flash is the infamous VIVITAR 283 -- my one is the 'Made in Japan' version so it probably has the 'high trigger voltage' which could damage modern 'digital' cameras -- NO WORRIES with 'old PENTAXES !! ' THIS one shows the Vivitar with the 'extension cable. -- the sensor is removable and put onto the hot shoe attachment so it faces the subject and measures the reflected light -- I hold flash to the side and above the camera.

THIS one shows my 'Wireless Trigger; set-up the YONGNUO CTR-301P -- the 'trigger' sits on the Hot Shoe and the 'receiver' is on base of flash so flash can be much further away than the length of the extension cable -- don't forget to set the correct maximum flash synch speed which on this camera is 1/60th second.


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QuoteOriginally posted by Swift1 Quote
Here's one for a size reference.



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The Ektar 100/3.5 is 5 element Heliar type lens. I haven't shot anything with it yet, but it's reputed to one of the best of its type ever made.
Indeed, i have some info on the lens from an old kodak manual. I have the first Medalist, quite a wonderful camera though I don't use it as often as I'd like due to laziness with the 620 respooling.



Here's an alternate size comparison to show just how petite the Kodak is


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... meanwhile more prosaic: the last 5 cameras I've had film in.







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Here's the crew I currently have film in - from PANF 50 to Portra 400
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QuoteOriginally posted by Nesster Quote
Indeed, i have some info on the lens from an old kodak manual. I have the first Medalist, quite a wonderful camera though I don't use it as often as I'd like due to laziness with the 620 respooling.


Here's an alternate size comparison to show just how petite the Kodak is
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I think yours was the first Medalist I ever saw
I've recently read many of your various posting about the cameras, including the 1978 Jason Schneider review.
They sure are interesting cameras.
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Here is my latest addition: (as advertised by seller)




After I got it, the shutter was a mess, someone had gotten inside and mangled two of the aperture leaves.
Fortunately the Agfa Billy Record II is waiting for a bellows replacement, and I have already done a CLA on the Compur-Rapid shutter, so shutter swap, and voila:




It came with a crappy POS Rollex 120 holder, and no ground glass back, I found some film pack adapters and the best looking one got converted to a ground glass back. I used a piece of anti-glare Lexan for picture frames.







The guy sold it thinking it was a VAG model, which is the low grade model. This however is the AVUS, the mid grade model.
6.5x9 cm

The Rollex back has the red window, which leaks light all over the film.


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The Rollex back has the red window, which leaks light all over the film.
Congrats, good job there! This particular era of cameras is especially wondeful to me. Use a bit of electrical tape over the ruby window, bend over the end so you have a grip to pull it back when advancing the film. Not too sticky, and works great.
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Congrats, good job there! This particular era of cameras is especially wondeful to me. Use a bit of electrical tape over the ruby window, bend over the end so you have a grip to pull it back when advancing the film. Not too sticky, and works great.
Hmm, it has a metal cover that slides over after advance. I am looking at the roll back and I am about to conclude that the red window is not the culprit at all.

I am about to buy a graflex 6x9 roll back. It has a 4x5 back plate. I am thinking of cutting off the rivets, and making a plate from an old film pack adapter. I hate to spend $75 on something just to play with it!
Sigh.
Maybe I can do something to put this Rollex back in useable condition.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Nesster Quote
Indeed, i have some info on the lens from an old kodak manual. I have the first Medalist, quite a wonderful camera though I don't use it as often as I'd like due to laziness with the 620 respooling
Thanks for the interesting information. I wonder how this Ektar lens compares with a Pentax 645 with its big format?
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