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    I'd probably also be inclined to suggest a 120 camera rather than a 620. There's nothing wrong with 620 other than it's somewhat inconvenient.

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    I think the original model Rolleiflex was 620. And I think I would just mod the camera for 120 films.

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    I have a Duaflex. It's not the most high quality camera lens-wise; the corners are soft in my photos. Perhaps you might prefer a TLR like a Yashicaflex which I believe are cheap these days.
    Those who know, shoot film

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    I have a Duaflex. It's not the most high quality camera lens-wise; the corners are soft in my photos. Perhaps you might prefer a TLR like a Yashicaflex which I believe are cheap these days.
    I don't really mind when it comes to quality of a camera. To me as long as it shoots, it's worth having. Little things like soft corners, or sharpness are personal traits that vary from camera to camera and I like that. I did see a Yashicaflex on eBay today and they are low priced, if I had money on hand I probably would have bought it. lol

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    Yashica 635 is decent and normally pretty cheap in working condition.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alisha View Post
    I've been wanting to buy a camera that uses 620 film, maybe a camera from the Kodak Duaflex family being they're not in popular demand on eBay, so I can get one for less amount of money. I thought it'd be a good way of getting into medium format photography.

    I heard that 620 film is the same as 120 just that their spools are different. The problem is I don't know if my local lab will be able to accept 620 film, but they can process 120.

    I was wondering if anyone else uses a 620 camera and if you do, can you tell me how you get your film processed? Or is it a better idea to buy a camera that takes 120?
    If you want a camera with the "interesting" image quality of a Kodak Duoflex, why not get something like a Kodak Brownie Cresta (preferably model 3). They are easy to find in good condition (at least in the UK) for £5 or so, take 120 film and don't seem to have problems with body light leaks or moldy lenses like other cheap old cameras. I think they're lots better than a Holga or Diana!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alisha View Post
    I don't really mind when it comes to quality of a camera. To me as long as it shoots, it's worth having. Little things like soft corners, or sharpness are personal traits that vary from camera to camera and I like that. I did see a Yashicaflex on eBay today and they are low priced, if I had money on hand I probably would have bought it. lol
    How limited is your budget?

    A nice camera you could consider is a Voigtländer Bessa I with Vaskar lens. It is a 6x9 camera (lens is a 10,5 cm). The Vaskar is a 3 lens design but can make really good images and you might find one on ebay that does not cost much. The Color-Skopar version is more expensive. I like the Bessa I very much.

    You don't know a person which will give you a camera? .....collectors usally have many they don't use and I think the cheaper ones....they don't care so much about.... so it could be a give away :-) .....or at least you could borrow a camera for a life time :-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alisha View Post
    I've been wanting to buy a camera that uses 620 film, maybe a camera from the Kodak Duaflex family being they're not in popular demand on eBay, so I can get one for less amount of money. I thought it'd be a good way of getting into medium format photography.

    I heard that 620 film is the same as 120 just that their spools are different. The problem is I don't know if my local lab will be able to accept 620 film, but they can process 120.

    I was wondering if anyone else uses a 620 camera and if you do, can you tell me how you get your film processed? Or is it a better idea to buy a camera that takes 120?
    The center part of the spool is about half the size of a 120 spool, and consequently the rim diameters are less also.

    Why this would be done to save only about 3/16 - 1/4" in diameter is beyond me. The resulting camera would not have been much larger.
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    If you want a camera with the "interesting" image quality of a Kodak Duoflex, why not get something like a Kodak Brownie Cresta (preferably model 3). They are easy to find in good condition (at least in the UK) for £5 or so, take 120 film and don't seem to have problems with body light leaks or moldy lenses like other cheap old cameras.
    I forgot about the Brownies, but I'll look into that and I do think they're cheap here in the US too.
    I think they're lots better than a Holga or Diana!
    Yes! lol

    How limited is your budget?
    A nice camera you could consider is a Voigtländer Bessa I with Vaskar lens. It is a 6x9 camera (lens is a 10,5 cm). The Vaskar is a 3 lens design but can make really good images and you might find one on ebay that does not cost much. The Color-Skopar version is more expensive. I like the Bessa I very much.
    You don't know a person which will give you a camera? .....collectors usally have many they don't use and I think the cheaper ones....they don't care so much about.... so it could be a give away :-) .....or at least you could borrow a camera for a life time :-)
    I'm looking for a medium format camera around $10 - $30 and possibly staying away from Holgas and Dianas. I think they're charging too much for a plastic camera.
    I did have someone here on APUG who was willing to don me a camera, so I'm still waiting for it to show up.

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    OK! ......lets hope it will show up :-)
    I probably also have a camera that take up space which can still shot but I am located in Denmark and the expense on shipping would be quite a lot :-) .....some box cameras can take desent pictures and they are very cheap.....a couple of dollars :-)

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