Pho-Tak Foldex 20 Camera
Vintage from the 1950s
Materials: metal, glass, leather
Take this timeless classic home with you to add to your collection! It’s simple vintage design will make for an eye-catching piece of decor for a shelf, mantel, or your desk!
FILM: This camera uses 120 (and 620) roll film, which can be found at most camera stores.
HISTORY: The Foldex 20 camera was manufactured by the Pho-tak Corporation from 1948 to 1960 in many different variations. It was constructed of all metal with artificial leather covering, except the viewfinder top piece, which was constructed from bakelite plastic. Similar to the Foldex I with a slight change to the view finder housing being more streamlined.
FEATURES: The camera took eight, 2 1/4 x 3 1/4 inch exposures on standard no. 120 or no. 620 color or black and white roll film. It was fitted with an f11 Octvar 105mm fix focus meniscus lens and a Pho-tak time and snap shot shutter working at 1/50th of a second speed.
FUN FACT: This camera was originally priced at $16.75 which, today in 2018, would be worth $158.18!
CONDITION: This camera is in excellent cosmetic condition! The bellows on this camera look surprisingly well taken care of, and looking through the film chamber, doesn’t appear to have any light leaks. The glass looks clean and the viewfinder has some dust but is visible to see through. Camera functionality and shutter speeds have not been tested as we do not have the film for testing.
DIMENSIONS: 5” x 3.5” x 2.5” (approx.)
CAMERA MANUAL: http://www.cameramanuals.org/pdf_files/foldex_20.pdf
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405 shop reviews5 out of 5 stars
This little camera is amazing! Mom had a vintage Ansco box camera and my small collection began with hers. Seller packaged with camera in its pristine leather case along with its flash outfit as well as original booklet, all bubble wrapped within its leatherette original sales case which was, too, packaged in bubble wrap and in exactly the right sized shipping box so it could not move! The camera itself is unique as described and as I researched a rare find and is of a great material and color! It is unique and a great addition to my collection! I am thrilled to have it now!
I was disappointed after receiving this item b/c there were some dust smears visible through the viewfinder. This is the camera I used to learn photography. It was Nikon's beginner's SLR sold '82-'86. I tested this with 6 different film types noting the camera functioned well and smudging did not impact the images. my old one went out. I used it pretty heavy 2 years. Sparingly after. Stopped taking a battery charge. This is not the Nikon that lasts a lifetime and does not approach the quality of intermediate Nikons at the time and was priced about $150 in '84. Good: it is very light & compact. Has programmed, AP & manual modes. I bought this to replace an old gift. Bad: It is full of plastic parts and potential problems that won't be worth fixing. It's a learner and is good for that but don't expect years of continual use.
Item arrived within a very good time,less then a week! Item matched the description perfectly, was packaged very well and even a handwritten thank you on the reciept of purchase which i thought was thoughtful and kind to take the time to do so, if in the future this place is selling something of the same manor and in the same price range and quality i was looking, I would defenitely choose them first! Absolutely 100% satisfied customer!!and i dont about others but speaking for someone who has ordered MANY items online and have dealt with plenty of HORRIBLE stores and just lies and recieving thi gs that in NOWAY shape or form was qhat was pictured and described, it was soooo nice getting exactly what i expected and deserved and in an amazing time and care..again just 100% satisfied,thank you again!!
Had an issue when I received this camera. I promptly contacted Jeff and we made plans to exchange. He honors his exchange policy and I am so happy for it. I have since sent over 100 shots through the camera and it has worked flawlessly. Very happy, thank you
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