Camera – Kodak Duaflex 2/Black/Silver (1950s)


Manufacturer : Kodak (UK)
Produced : 1955 – 1960
Classification : Medium Format
Body Type : Pseudo Twin Lens Reflex
Construction : Bakelite/Metal
Film Type : 620
Film Width : 62mm
Image Size : 2¼ x 2¼ in
No. of Images : 12
Lens Type : Kodet Meniscus
Focus Type : Fixed
Focal Length : 70mm
Focus Range : 5ft to inf,
Aperture Type : Fixed
Aperture : f/14
Shutter Type : Rotary
Shutter Speeds : B, I*(1/30 sec)
Size (w x h x d) : 80 x 115 x 80 mm
Weight : 450g
* measured on this camera
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Acceptable: Modest and restricted

Produced after the main Art Deco period;
Aluminium ribbed detail to top and each side;
Rounded corners from the streamline era;
Ribbed detailing on front;
Lined detailing to leatherette on rear;
Chrome winder and film door latch.
Symmetrical Design
The Kodak Duaflex II is a twin-lens reflex style box camera from the 1950s. It is an improved version of the Duaflex I. It can be described as a pseudo twin lens reflex camera. It isn’t a true TLR because the top lens is just part of the viewfinder and does not aid focussing. It was originally available in the US from 1950. The US version had an f/8 focussing lens although the focussing was not coupled to the viewfinder. It has aluminium ribbed detail to top and each side of the lenses. On the US model the ribbed detail is enamelled black. The corners are rounded indicative of the Streamline Moderne period. The reflecting finder is very large and bright. The finder has a folding hood which was not available on the Duaflex I model. Flash synchronisation is by the 2-pin flash contacts on the side and the use of a Kodalite Flasholder. It was part of a four model series – I, II, III, IV. They were designed as cheap, lightweight and easy to operate twin lens cameras made from Bakelite. These cameras used 620 film for 2¼ x 2¼ inch square pictures.

Width: 9cm Depth: 8cm Height: 12cm