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I have my favorites. The classic mint green Savoy, the Yashica TLRs, those are cameras I fell in love with, and because of that, try to track down to offer them here in the shop. The Capitol 120 is one of those, and I've finally found a twin to my own.

The Capitol 120 was produced by the Metropolitan Industries based out of Chicago, Illinois Beyond that, I know very little about this camera. It was most likely produced during the late 1930s to mid 1940s. It has a picture of the US Capitol building on the front. And, that's about it.

(As an aside, here's how geeky I am - the last time I went to Washington DC, I made certain to take the Capitol 120 with me so that I could shoot a photo of the Capitol building with the Capitol 120. It made me extraordinarily happy.)

The camera is a very basic box camera, with the only adjustment possible being the shutter - it can shoot at either Instant or Time. The shutter on this camera works perfectly on both settings. The lens looks clear. The handle is still intact and supple. The viewfinders, unfortunately, are murky and abstract. Also, the show a mirror image of the scene that you will be shooting, which takes a little bit of getting used to. Cosmetically, the camera is in good condition for its age. The decorative faceplate has a few scratches on it, but nothing that would detract from the camera's good looks.

The Capitol 120 also, happily, takes regular 120 sized film (hence the name!). No respooling needed! It produces 8 images, 2.25" x 3.25" each, per roll. One spare 120 spool is included with this camera. I have tested this camera out with film and had no problems using it (besides the wonky viewfinders, mentioned above). The last photo in this listing was shot with this camera. Please excuse any color weirdness in that photo - that was due to using expired film and excessively weak chemicals, not because of any fault of the camera.

Camera size - 4.5" x 3" x 4"
Camera weight - 1 lb.

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Capitol 120 - 120 camera


  • Vintage item from the 1940s
  • Materials: glass, leather, camera, sheet metal
  • Ships worldwide from United States
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