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Imperial Six-Twenty


Imperial Six-Twenty
Imperial Six-Twenty
Manufacturer: Imperial
Produced: 1961
Classification:Medium Format
Body Type:Box
Film Type:620
Film Width:62mm
ImageSize:2¼ x 2¼ in
No. of Images:12
Lens Type:Meniscus
Focus Type:Fixed
Focal Length:80mm
Focal Range:5ft - inf.
Aperture Type:fixed
Shutter Type :Rotary
Shutter Speeds:I*(1/100 sec)
Size (w x h x d):85 x 100 x 87 mm
* Measured on this camera

Art Deco Credentials

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Acceptable: Modest and restricted


Imperial six-twenty is an all plastic box, with only one speed and a meniscus lens. It shares the majority of its components with the Herbert George Official Girl Scout camera. It is descibed on the front as being a 'Snap Shot Camera'. This simply means that there are no controls other than the shutter release. Early models of this camera had the name 'Herco' on them. This was because prior to 1961, the Imperial Company was known as the Herbert George Company. These early cameras did not have the red winder.

How to Use

This camera takes 620 film which is still available from selected photographic outlets. Although the actual film is the same as 120 film, the spools are different. The 620 spools are slightly shorter and have a smaller diameter. Do not use 120 film in this camera because it will jam and may snap. It is possible to cut down a spool of 120 film to fit or to re-spool some 120 film onto 620 spools in a darkroom or changing bag.

Don't forget to ask for your 620 spool back when getting the film developed.<

This camera works best with ISO 100 film on a sunny day. ISO 160 film like Portra will work well.

Don't forget to ask for your 620 spool back when getting the film developed.