Pilot 6 by KW

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  1. Dany

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    I found this cubic thing marked Pilot 6 in France in a trade faire dedicated to vintage cameras.
    It was in very bad condition and it took me some time to refresh it.
    It is German and was released between 1936 and 1938 by KW (Kamera Werkstätten).
    Such a short period of production makes it quite difficult to find, even in Europe.
    But this small box is not ....a box camera. It may be considered as a landmark in the camera history for being one of the early ancestors of the "modern" 6x6 cm SLR.
    Inside a compact body is a very special mirror/shutter combination system which moves when triggered with a loud noise (which reminds me the happy days when I could torture an Hasselblad in a photo studio)
    It bears on the side a lead seal hanging on a wire and stamped by the Belgian customs which proves that the device was imported legally
    It uses 120 films, Is equipped with a waist level finder and a wire frame sport finder on the side
    Admittedly, The aesthetics of this device is questionable but I find it endearing.
    In 1938, KW proposed an enhanced version of the Pilot 6 with interchangeable lens and a better shutter. I hope I will find one copy of this version in the future.


     

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    Very cool. You must have a huge collection. Did you restore it enough to take pictures?
     
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    The Pilot 6 could work normally I suppose. The shutter fires normally and nothing seems broken.
    Most of my cameras are in good working condition but I must admit that I have not enough available time to use them.
    Some of them are so old and brittle that I will not test them.
    Added to this, a growing ecologic concern makes me hesitant to throw to the drain various chemical products that I normally used in the past for the films and print processing operations.
     
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    Yup, that is a cool camera.
    I really gotta go to Europe and get this stuff before you grab it. I just got some "new" cameras, but not as awesome as yours :disturbed:
     
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    Great post! I like the original advertisement best of all that shows the ridiculous price of $30 for the deluxe camera+ lens. It would be a pleasure to see photos taken with this camera if you are comfortable doing it.
     
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    It states that it shoots a rectangular aspect ratio image. Does it shoot a "wide" image in normal orientation at waist level, or a "tall" image?

    Really NEAT to read the original advertisement for this beautiful vintage camera!
     
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    There were 2 version of this camera. One shot 6x6 format and the other was 6X4.5.
     
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    The image on the waist level viewfinder is square as the négative obtained (I hope I understood your point Derrel because the way I understand and write English is rather ...chaotic)

    Obviously, the 30 dollars required to buy this camera meant more in 1937 than today
     
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    IN fact there were two variations with different format
    - The "Pilot Reflex" able to take 3x4 cm pictures with 127 films
    - The "Pilot Super" Which was a dual format camera for 6x6 cm and 4,5x6 cm using mask and to be loaded with 120 films
     
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    I never throw my chemicals down the drain. I pour them in a container and let them evaporate or burn them in the oven at work. Usually they evaporate fairly quick or at least in the summer, the winter months they get burned. I even capture two rinses prior to the flooding wash stage. May seem like an overkill but that's what I do.
     
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    That's about $517.00 today
     
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    There were two versions of the Pilot 6, as I said, one for 6x6 and one for 645.
    See:
    Pilot 6
     

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