The Kowa Six is an SLR camera for 6x6 cm pictures on 120 film, made by Kowa in the 1960s. The Kowa Six MM is an improved model, allowing multiple-exposure and with a mirror lock. This was followed by the Super 66, which has detachable film magazines.
These cameras were designed to compete the Hasselblad cameras. Unlike these famous models, film is not included in a magazine but in the body itself : the film follows à «L» course, like in the Great Wall DF cameras.
Despite the high quality of the Kowa lenses, the mirror movement may create vibrations which make the focusing ring to rotate itself, thus shifting the focus. The focus ring has to be held tightly when firing. Users are also recommended to turn the shutter and film knob carefully, in order to not to jam the camera. Opening the camera and taking out the film then restores the system.
The Kowa six is a well-built, heavyweight camera, 4 lbs./1.81kg with the pop-up finder, but pleasant to handle and to use.
I use a number of 4x5 cameras. These are old camera. You need a “lensboard” to hold the lens and they are hard to come by. But I am obsessed with certain lenses. Maybe only I see it. Like only a dog can hear certain sounds. So I rig all my favorite lenses to work with my favorite 4x5 camera, which is currently a Toyo 4x5. It’s just about the ergonomics and weight. It’s not easy to move quickly with a 4x5 camera. Worse, this is a rail system camera built for studio use (I think) so I had to work out a way to focus outside quickly as well. I sorted it out all for short dollars. Like anything else, if you love it, you’ll find a may to make it all work out. The “mistakes” are fine by me. The light leaks…all of it are just part of the show.