I had been waiting some time for this camera to make its way into the light and in 1968 the Kowa made it, a kind of nice 120 cameras...a "real" camera. No real hurry just waited for something to jump out at me and say "must have"! I'm not really interested in super high-end stuff like Hasselblads, though they are certainly nice cameras and you can do some awesome work with them. It's just way above me, I think. Too hi-flouting'. But I still wanted something decent. My Great Wall is an alright camera, very cool, of course...but it's still in the realm of funky. So I found the Kowa Six. The price range was acceptable, I like what I've seen from it, and it fulfils my "really cool looking camera" requirements.
The Kowa Six was introduced in 1968, and I think it was out of production by 1975 or so. There are two successors, the Kowa 6MM and the Kowa 66. The 6MM added the ability to do multiple exposures and a mirror lockup, and the 66 had a removable back. I liked the look of the original, and that was a good enough reason for me to get the Six. Sweet looking camera, for sure. The grip was an accessory, and a welcome attachment for my camera.
Super 66 is for Kowa the ultimate version of its 6 x 6 central shutter lenses, after Six and Six II 66 models. Its main innovation is removable back; a simplified version of Super 66 model, the identical Six MM, will enlarge the range. Film transport and winding are made simultaneously by the side crank-knob; a device allows super-impression. The release knob, on the front of the body, features a safe-locking lever. Mirror rising before shooting cannot be achieved, and yet it is possible on the simpler Six MM.
The standard magnified chest viewer can be replaced by some prism finders (horizontal, 45°, with or without an exposure meter), a precision viewing hood (4 cells), or by a multi-frame sports finder. Many interchangeable screens (standard, squared, telemetric, micro-prism) are complementing a very efficient and pleasant-to-use finding system.