Duaflex II – Vintage Camera 620

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[PHOTO] Duaflex II – taken with Nikon D40

Here is the second of my vintage cameras a Kodak Duaflex II.

Freshly cleaned today (instructions further down this blog post).  His only flaw is the top piece of covering has come unstuck and seems to have been like that for many years.  Hmmm … to glue or to remove …

The Duaflex II has a large bright viewfinder that I could look through all day!  It’s like magic 🙂  And it turns the world back to front too.  Pure joy!

duaflex ii back

[PHOTO] Duaflex II back

Can’t wait to run some film through him. He takes 620 film which is no longer made but you can respool 120 film onto a 620 spool and make an old camera come alive again 🙂

But he’s also perfect for TTV or Through The Viewfinder photographs – where you take a photo of the image you see through the viewfinder of another camera.

duaflex ii front

[PHOTO] Duaflex II

Here’s one of my first TTV taken before I cleaned up the insides.  I don’t have a “contraption” to block light and stop reflections off the viewfinder yet.  So there’s an odd hint of my hands and camera lens in there too.

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[PHOTO] TTV Ceiling – taken with D40 through Duaflex II

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[PHOTO] TTV Odds and Ends – taken with D40 through Duaflex II

Cleaning Your Duaflex II 

I had some problems finding a guide for cleaning the lens and viewfinder of my Duaflex II especially as it has rivets around the front lens plate and a lot of US folks seem to have screws on the front.  I heard it was not worth the hassle of cleaning the interior lens.  But my lens was very dirty so I was brave and took it apart myself.

And I discovered it’s a straightforward job. So I thought I’d share how …

Here’s how to access the interior lens for your Duaflex II (with rivets on the front):

You will need a small flathead screwdriver (with a thin head).

Remove the viewfinder assembly from the top of the camera by removing 4 flathead screws.

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[PHOTO] Duaflex II top

You will have a pile of bits as follows: a small metal plate that the back slips into, 2 hinges for the cover, the cover (in one piece), the bubble viewfinder piece, the viewfinder mount with a hole for the bubble, a paper washer that fits between the bubble and the viewfinder mount. In the viewfinder mount are two pieces of flat cord in two slots that the cover slides into.

If you go to these 2 photos on Flickr (by clicking on the image) they have notes about what the different bits are if you get stuck …

duaflex ii cleaning

duaflex ii cleaning

To access the interior lens and to have easy access to clean the mirror and front viewfinder lens now remove the backplate by removing the 3 screws from the hinge on the outside of the camera.

duaflex ii bottom

You can then prise the front plate off – pulling it forwards off the camera body. (I had to coax it by lifting the plate with my screwdriver. There’s a rubber seal under the hinge area which needed some persuasion to lift off.)

You have now have full access to clean your interior lens, interior viewfinder lens and easy access to clean the viewfinder mirror.

Re-assemble! Slide the front plate back onto the camera body (there is a pin on the front right hand side which corresponds to a hole in the front plate), then wiggle the rubber seal (where the hinge fits) back under the front plate. Make sure the screw holes line up. Put the two silver decorative pieces back onto the front plate. Place the back plate back on the camera and screw the hinge back on.

Drop the square bubble into the hole at the top. Place the paper washer over the edges. Then place the viewfinder mount back on the top of this placing the edge with gap at the back of the camera (making sure you fit it over those silver decorative pieces to hold them in place).

Holding the viewfinder mount in place put the cover back in place in the upright position at the front. Pop the hinge back over the pins in the side of the cover, hooking over the pins on the viewfinder mount and screw making sure the plate is far enough back to hold the back on firmly.

Place the small long metal plate and screw making sure the plate is far enough back to hold the back on firmly.

duaflex ii side

Enjoy your freshly cleaned camera!

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17 comments on “Duaflex II – Vintage Camera 620
  1. Mikki says:

    Bvgger me that sounds complicated… I had no idea you were such a technological genius Rachel!

  2. It’s just 7 screws and a fairly simple puzzle putting the bits together again. Honest.

  3. Donimo says:

    Threading film seems to complicated for me! But your passion for photography is surely inspiring. You’re a bizzy bee.

  4. Donimo says:

    TOO complicated. Arrgh, don’t ya hate it when you don’t check your post for errors before posting it?

  5. […] Posted by rachelcreative on April 5, 2008 The second of my collection of vintage 620 film cameras I loaded with film was my Duaflex II. […]

  6. anangeli says:

    Whoaw! That was a very delicate project. I am actually looking for on in Ebay so I can attach it to my Nikon D70. I am axcited about teh possibilities and tried doing some TtV with smaller viewfinder plastic cameras. So, I will come back often for more photos!

  7. Hi Anangeli :o) I love the look of TTV – it’s so unique. I really really need to do some more myself. Hope you bag a bargain on ebay – the prices have gone up a bit recently after some articles but they should go down again soon. :o)

  8. […] can go here and here for ideas on contraptions, and here for more inspiration. For me, seeing this picture made me want to start with TTV. The picture made the camera look so cool that I just had to try […]

  9. Bradd Cluckey says:

    Rachel,

    Thanks to you I am now the proud owner of a squeaky clean Duaflex II. Many thanks, I’m off to try and buy some 620 spools at the camera repair shop.

    Cheers,

    Bradd Cluckey

  10. Oh nooo! I am such a bad influence :o)

    Good luck with the spools but don’t let them rip you off! You can always buy a couple of 620 cameras cheap with spools inside or use 120 spools trimmed down if you are brave!

    Here’s a link that explains trimming the spools:

    http://www.zianet.com/connealy/vintagecameras/120in620/

    Hope you enjoy using your Duaflex II!

  11. Becks says:

    Thanks for the tutorial – very helpful. Just a note to say that these instructions also work for the Duaflex I model with two silver bands and rivets. Just undo the four screws on the top and the two outer ones on the hinge and you can remove the silver strips, which then lets you lift the viewfinder surround up enough to get the bubble glass out and get access to the mirror.

  12. Alyssa says:

    helloo, i have one of these myself.
    i got it when i was really little from someone who used to babysit for me.
    i was kinda rough when i was little, so i think i lost a piece or so? haha

    when you open the camera, to put film in.
    are there two little black things inside of it that spin?
    i’m guessing to spool the film onto. because i only have one right now.
    and i think i remember there being two..

  13. […] That will involve taking it apart, but fortunately others have trod that ground before me and have written about the experience so I won’t be flying […]

  14. Cass says:

    Came across this while trying to figure this adorable camera out! So helpful, thanks so much!
    Out of curiosity, do you how to replace the neck strap? Mine is not in as good condition as yours and I would love to switch out the corroded leather for a newer one.

  15. Thanks Rachel – An AWESOME help. I’m going to trust the word of a complete stranger, and choose to believe that it really is easier than it sounds! That sounds like a Sunday project for next weekend 🙂

    I bought mine 2 years ago for TTV shots, but couldn’t bear to modify such a cute old beast. I’ve just purchased a Sabre though, and now getting keen to learn how to use vintage cameras properly. But the Duaflex is SOOOO dirty!

    Thanks again!

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