Kodak Duaflex II


After I started shooting the Brownie Hawkeye Flash, I started looking for 620 spools so that I didn’t have to worry about losing the single spool I had. I also found myself liking the waist-level viewfinder as well as medium format (especially 6×6) in general.

Yes. This meant danger looming ahead. I could see it coming but I opted for a second baby step rather than jumping all-in to medium format.

The Duaflex II is a pseudo TLR. It focuses and has three aperture stops but the viewfinder is just a bubble which doesn’t show what’s actually in focus. I figured I’d give it a whirl and see if I liked composing and seeing with it.

It turns out that I did and decided that a real TLR was worth pursuing. Sadly, my Duaflex appears to be busted. The focus is extremely soft and it’s got crazy vignetting. But that doesn’t mean I haven’t gotten a couple good shots out of it.


So while I enjoy using it, I’m much more likely to use it for TTV photography. It’s a bit too toy-camera for my taste and I prefer the results I get from my Brownie for this kind of work. One project that I can see pursuing though is pairing a TTV shot with a film shot taken at the same time.



Author: Nick Vossbrink

Blogging about Photography, Museums, Printing, and Baseball Cards from both Princeton New Jersey and the San Francisco Bay Area. On Twitter as @vossbrink, WordPress at njwv.wordpress.com, and the web at vossbrink.net

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