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This is not a rangefinder, not even a 120 film camera. It's for 620 film, long gone, which is the same film material as 120, but rolled to a spool with a smaller core, so that the spool diameter is a bit smaller as well. For most 620 cameras you have to have 2 620 spools and you must re-spool the 120 film to the 620 spools in absolute darkness or a sleeve. With this camera it would be sufficient to have a 620 wind spool and clip the edges of the 120 film spool in subdued light, it would then fit in. If you give the film to a lab, don't forget to reclaim your 620 spool.

The Kodak Folding 620 Angenieux 4.5 is a simple 120 film folding camera, 6x9 format. I found little information about this camera model, most probably it is french. It's not listed in McKeown's. Earlier models are named Six-20, later 620. I found a 1951 french catalogue where it is named Kodak 4.5 model 32. Some say it's model 33. Production is said to be from 1951 to 1959. I bought the camera for its nice lens.

Size (mm): 165 x 95 x 40
Weight: 558 g
Lens: Angenieux Anastigmat 4,5/100, closest focus ~1.75 m
Shutter: B, 1s - 1/250, F 4.5 - 22
Finder: fixed finder in the housing
Film advance: via red window

Here are some photos of the camera. There is a short introduction to the use of it and how it feels at the bottom of the page.

Camera folded. Front. Stand folded and tripod socket (portrait mode). There is a logo from a Parisien camare dealer.

Seen from the back. Red window.

Camera open, landscape mode.

The coated Angenieux les. Shutter speed setting on top of the lens: shutter cocking. Under the lens: aperture setting. To close the camera you have to press the silver tab bar on the bed.

Camera open, portrait mode. Bottom side.

Camera open, portrait mode. Top side. The shutter release is on the housing, near the wind knob. The opening button for the bed is between the viewer and the peg.

the camera has front cell focussing, turning the lens moves it out a bit.

Shutter speed and aperture setting are both visible on the top of the lens.

Camera back open. 620 spool.

Handling this Kodak camera. is easy, it's just like other folding cameras. Loading film is as usual. Open the camera back,
retract the film advance knob to liberate the top of the spool and put the take-up spool into place, the othe peg is spring held. Same procedure for the film spool. Insert the film paper backing into the take-up spool and advance it using the advance knob until it's well engaged. Close the camera back. Look at the red window and advance the film via the advance knob until the red window shows "1".

Open the camera
. Set shutter speed and aperture and cock the shutter. Set focus via turning the lens, focusing moves it out. Press the shutter release. That's it. To close the camera, squeeze the silver tab under the lens and fold, it will fold easily. Turn the film advance until the next number is shown.

Kodak Folding 620 Angenieux 4.5 is a nice and simple camera, easy to use, with a very good lens and a reliable shutter. It lacks automatic film advance and a rangefinder, but it's a nice camera nevertheless. It's extremely lightweight for a 6x9 camera. It's good choice if you want to start with a basic 6x9 120 film folder and spend little money.

Kodak Folding 620 4.5
558165 x 90 x 40
NoRWAngieux Anastigmat 4,5/100 | 1.75B 1-1/250 | 22