Among specific low-cost recommendations. Forgot to mention these are all folding cameras. And to include my earlier note that all of them should be serviced unless you can buy one that already has been serviced. Also, with these cameras listed below, there are no foam seals.
- Zeiss Ikon Nettar: Always has a triplet ... either a Novar or the Nettar Anastigmat. They will have simple shutters: Klio, Telmar, Derval or Pronto(r).
- Zeiss Ikon Ikonta: These will have either a Novar or a Tessar (premium lens) set in a Pronto(r) or Compur shutter. The earliest Novar-equipped models might also have simpler shutters.
- Agfa Isolette, II and III: Will have either an Agnar, Apotar or Solinar (premium lens) set in a Pronto(r) or Compur shutter. The weakness of all Agfa cameras is a hardened grease that is now like concrete and plastic bellows that can develop holes in them. The III has an uncoupled rangefinder.
- Kodak Duo 620: From its German Nagel factory, this is a great little 6x4.5 camera. It's 620, so you have to respool 120 film. And you'll need some blank 620 spools. It's easiest to buy some old Kodak 620 cameras for a few bucks. Just make sure that they have the film spool inside. This should have a Kodak Anastigmat or Tessar lens in a Compur shutter. The Kodak Anastigmat lens is very good. The so-called art deco model might have a Schneider-Kreuznach Xenar.
- Kodak Vollenda 620: Also from the house of Nagel, most will be 6x9, but there also is a 6x6 camera. The 6x6 model has a Kodak Anastigmat lens set in a Compur shutter. Being a Kodak product, it is 620. Once Kodak introduced 620 film, it produced no more 120 cameras except for just one model, as far as I can tell.
- Voigtlander Perkeo: A well-made German folding camera with either a Vaskar or Skopar (premium lens) in a Pronto(r) or Compur shutter.
- Balda Baldax: Nice German 6x6 camera. The one that I have is a scale-focus model with the humble Schneider-Kreuznach Radionar lens.
I hope others will fill in the gaps with cameras that I've forgotten to include.
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