Kodak Regent

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This article describes the 620 rollfilm Regent sold by Kodak; Ansco gave the name Regent to a folding 35mm camera.

The Regent is a dual-format 6x9cm & 6x4.5cm 620 film folding camera made by Kodak AG (former Nagel company), from 1935-1939.

It has an original design, very rounded like a piece of soap, with a grained morocco leather covering. When closed it looks quite streamlined. It was an advanced camera with a coupled rangefinder and a folding optical finder. Two sliding pieces can be set in the finder to use the smaller format, with a mask inserted at the film-plane. Focusing is by a pull-out knob on the baseboard; it moves the front assembly on a sliding rack, and a pointer shows the distance on a scale at the front. The 10.5cm lens is either a Schneider Xenar f/4.5, Xenar f/3.8, or Zeiss Tessar f/4.5, in a Compur-S or Compur-Rapid shutter.

The Regent II was introduced in 1939. It has a more conventional design with a squared chrome top plate, and with more features, but only single format - 6x9 frames on 120 film. Unusually, the shutter release button is also used as the focusing knob. The camera has a Schneider Xenar 10.5cm f3.5 and a Compur-Rapid shutter to 1/400. The Regent II is considered to be very rare.