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Old 08-19-2013   #1
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Default Medalist vs Medalist II

I have the urge to buy a Kodak Medalist camera. I see that eBay has both Medalist and Medalist IIs, but I don't know which I want. I'm not looking for a collectable camera - I want to use it.
90% of the time I'll shoot Tri-X in available light.

What are the differences in the the old and "new" models of the Medalist? Why would I buy a Medalist II over a Medalist I?

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The lens coatings and shutter are different. The II offers a synchronized shutter and coatings designed for color film, which you would not need shooting Tri-X available light.

See here: Kodak Medalist
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Both models were designed for 620 film. 120 film can be used with modified cameras, 120 film respelled onto 620 spools, or with modified 120 spools. These are well built, but very heavy, cameras.
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they are both great cameras i have had both of them, what i liked about the medalist I is that it had a fine focus wheel, which was replaced with a flash sync in the medalist II
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Some of my favorite colour pics are with my Medalist 1, short of shooting directly into the sun, you'll have no problems with the single coating on the Medalist 1 Peter
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As others have said lens coating differ, shutter and sync port. However unless modified the PC socket on the II's are usually a proprietary to Kodak plug and take a special cord end I can't remember the part # off hand but it's easy to find out.

What really makes the Medalist series so special is the EKTAR lenses which rival just about anything made today. Kodak really went the whole hog on these and remember they came out in 1940.
If you are one to wimp out about the weight of a modern DSLR forget it as these weight in at 3 lbs. and I think the leather case is heaver yet because of the plate in them.

Not a fast camera to operate and the best advice I have BEFORE trying to do anything with it is to read the instruction manual. It's a step by step camera but the results are well worth it.


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