The old saying goes "idle hands are the devil's playground" and when my hands are idle they like to walk through the big auction site but one idle day I spotted this Kodak Medalist II described as having been used right up until the time the shutter started to fail. It had a buy it now price that was well below the average completed auction price so I went for it. When it arrived the shutter blades were covered with oil and when it was stripped down it was pretty evident that everything was covered with 60 years of grease and grime so a total cleaning was in order. When that was done the Medalist was ready for action. The Kodak Medlist II was based on the Medalist of WWII fame and went on the market after the war. It sports Kodak's famous Ektar lens, which some say is the best lens ever made. For the Medalist II it is the 3.5/100 version. Whats unusual about the Medalists is the collapsable lens barrel. Turning the large knurled ring moves the barrel in and out and also serves as the focusing ring. The camera uses 620 film and there is a service that will modify the camera for 120 film but I find it very easy to just wind 120 onto a 620 spool. There is a ton of info on the net about the Medalist series of cameras so I won't bore anyone with what has already been said and instead flash some camera porn.