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Old 06-13-2016   #1
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I just acquired a Kodak Junior six-20 Series II camera. It has been kept in a trunk in my wife's elderly aunts basement. It had a roll of film in it that was partially shot. I took it to be processed, and as expected the film was expired, and damaged. So, I got nothing for my trouble. Now, I'd like to use the camera, I expect to shoot some "period shots" using B&W 620 film. I checked the bellows, and cannot see any light leaks. The shutter seems to be slow, and sometimes sticks open then close slowly. I'm thinking of getting the camera cleaned and lubed, and see what I get. Has anyone had any success with this type of camera ether shooting, or who to do the job. The camera actually was in its original box, with original manual. The manuals publication is 1936.

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While I am a great fan of classic cameras, I know nothing about this camera. I would guess the first thing to do is take it to a camera repair shop and get an opinion about what repair is required and how much it would cost. Then you will have to decide if it is worth your nickle.
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I did check with KEH, they can do the job, but priced for just the tear down, clean and lube the shutter etc would cost $265.00. Of course they'll check the film trolley along with the rest of the camera.

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That's a ridiculous price. Cameras like this came with a variety of shutters. Most were simple enough that someone with good mechanical skills can clean them. As for lubrication, it will likely work without any. Too little is much better than too much.
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That's a ridiculous price. Cameras like this came with a
variety of shutters. Most were simple enough that someone
with good mechanical skills can clean them. As for lubrication,
it will likely work without any. Too little is much better than
too much.
What JJ say.

That price seems to be a polite way of saying, "We do not
care to discuss this". And actually, I can't fault them for it.

There's just no point in using it. The film size is obsolete.
You can get an ancient but working 120, not 620, camera
with a crappy "vintage" lens for $40, or easily less. Or just
get a Holga. You can get the effect you seek from either.

If you insist on fixing the Kodak, just flush the shutter with
naptha or benzine [lighter fuel] until it runs OK, then clean
the lens with Windex and cotton swaps to get rid of the
runoff from the shutter. Somebody somewhere is selling
620 made in East Slobovia for a silly price. Look on ebay.


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