Shanghai GP3 Negative 100 on Kodak Duaflex II
The Kodak Duaflex II is a recent addition to my growing 620 box camera collection. As with the others, I love this camera for its simplicity and vintage charm.
Produced between 1950 and 1954, the Duaflex II was a very popular camera, constructed of aluminum and plastic with a fixed single element 75mm f/15 Kodet lens. (There is another version with a focusing lens)
Small, but with a bit of weight, the Duaflex is easy to carry around and a lot of fun to use. A bright bubble viewfinder, winding knob, and shutter button is all there is to it! And, it takes double exposures. :)
The Duaflex II takes twelve 6x6 images. For my test roll, I chose Shanghai GP3 100. For this camera, I re-spooled the 120 film onto a 620 spool. (Its easy! See my note about re-spooling below).
I’ve only used Shanghai in old box cameras, so can’t really speak to this film other than I do like the results I’ve gotten in these cameras, and the Duaflex is no different. You’ll see in some of the images there is black speckling; this is an occasional issue with Shanghai, not the processing. I like the texture the speckling adds in landscape shots.
I love taking double exposure images, and if a camera can take them, I’ll shoot ‘em…I can’t help myself. On my next roll I’m going to try taking more “regular” shots, if I can…just to get a better idea of what this camera does.
With a little practice, re-spooling 120 film onto a 620 spool is easy! There are a number of online tutorials.
I have a couple of 620 cameras that will easily accept a trimmed-down 120 spool in the feed, but for the rest I’ve found re-spooling to be easier than the additional grinding and sanding needed to make a 120 spool work. I practiced with a dummy roll in the light before graduating to a changing bag. Now I have the hang of it, each roll takes me around 10 minutes, and I know it can be done in less. If a 620 camera I’m interested in has a spool, I’m more likely to get it, and I’ve accumulated extras from eBay. Just remember to ask for your spool back when you take it for developing!