Meet Lloyd

Credits: paramir

Meet Lloyd (ICA Lloyd 575): a German folding camera, from somewhere between 1915-1926. This huge, highly elegant beast used to feed on huge negatives: 9 × 14″. Luckily, it has also a roll film option (8 × 14″) which I converted to 120 film. But I am going too fast here…

Credits: paramir

So as I said, I found this beauty in a little second hand shop I visit every once in a while, and there is always an interesting camera(s) laying around there. The time before I almost bought and old Bronica, but unfortunately the mirror mechanism was broken. I got the ICA Lloyd for 20 euro and rushed home with it to continue checking if all is working as it seemed to be in the shop. And I was very happy to discover that it did! The bellows are still whole, with no holes, the shutter still works perfectly (1- 1/100, B and Z (still have to find out what’s that…) ), cable release, the lens was clean… I was very happy.

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I did not find much on the net about it, and also trying to find film that would fit was not a success. I thought of trying to get another spool like the one that came with it or to build one – it is a few centimeters longer than a 120 spool. About a week ago I finally sat down to do it. I used two 120 spools, one of which I chopped, to create a spool that will also protect my finished roll from light!

I first transfer a roll of 120 to the wooden spool I got with the camera, and end up with the exposed film rolled on the new plastic spool, where it is protected.

And finally came the real test. I loaded a roll of Kodak Ektachrome E200 and went out. The results as you can see are nothing worth getting excited about, but I did, because I knew that I only need to get a few things straight and the next roll will be much better! First thing I had to get sorted was the rails.

Another thing I learned from this roll is that I need to wind more between frames…
What you see here is the part on which the lens is mounted, and it is supposed to slide along the rails, to open the camera from its folded situation, and to fold it back again.

The lens mount was not sliding easily along the rails, and it took much force to slide it. I was afraid of damaging the camera every time I did it, and also the focusing should be done by moving the lens mount forward and backward. So today I fixed this issue, using a little file to fix the somewhat bent lips of the lens mount, which now slides easily along the rails! Yeay!

A few days ago I ordered a user manual on the net, and I hope to find there all the answers to the questions I still have, mostly about focusing. There is a sort of a zone-focus indicator, but looking at the roll I shot, it does not work as expected. There is also an option to slide the lens to the either side, and up or down (sort of a shift lens effect?).

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So I am hoping the next roll will be a big step forward with Lloyd – extreme fake 120 panoramas…

written by paramir on 2010-11-07


  1. quail
    quail ·

    thats pretty cool my father has a Kodak Brownie No. 2-A circa 1917 looks just like this if you would want to see it

  2. spoeker
    spoeker ·

    Hi Lloyd :)