Kodak Medalist

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The Kodak Medalist is a high-quality (but bulky and heavy) rangefinder camera using 620 film made by Kodak beginning in 1941. The Kodak Medalist II is a post-WWII version adding flash sync. The camera was designed by Walter Dorwin Teague.


  • Type: 620 Roll Film - 6x9 format.
  • Lens: Kodak Ektar 100mm f/3.5 - 5 element, 3 group design (Kodak Lumenized coated)
  • Diaphragm: f/3.5 continuously adjustable to f/32, one stop markings
  • Shutter: Kodak Supermatic No. 2 (Medalist I), Kodak Flash Supermatic (Medalist II)
  • Focusing: Horizontal split image coupled rangefinder focusing, 3ft to infinity
  • Shutter Speeds: 1/400, 1/200, 1/100, 1/50, 1/25, 1/10, 1/5, 1/2, 1s and B
  • Viewfinder: Eye level finder, separate from the rangefinder, parallax correction
  • Film Loading: Manual - hinged back but can be removed completely as well
  • Film Transport: Manual wind knob with double exposure interlock prevention and frame counter. Also cocks the shutter.
  • Flash: PC socket on the body, sync for F and M type bulbs (Medalist II only)
  • Tripod Socket: Two sockets, one for the flash and one for a tripod, standard 1/4"
  • Filters: Series VI type
    • Lens hood
    • Kodak Pola-screen (polarizer)
    • Kodak Portra +1/2/3 close up
    • Sky filter (UV/Haze)
    • Three yellow filters that increase in strength, Color -> K1 -> K2
    • Deep yellow "G" filter, stronger than K2 for panchromatic films
    • Red "A" filter
    • IR620 filter for infrared film

According to the literature for the camera there is a ground glass back available that allows the use of sheet and plate film. There are also a range of filters for the camera, close up adapters and coloured filters for black and white.


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