Using 120 Film in a 620 Camera [also on instructables]
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I got a hold of a Kodak Tourist, a film camera made in the 40's.
I wanted to use it to take some pictures; its an awesome camera that supposedly kicks out high-res shots. So after going to a camera store, i found out that the film it uses (620) hasnt been made for 30 years. Knockoff film is available, but its expensive (20$ for 1 roll of like 8-10 pictures, + the cost of developing = ridiculous)
I found a
guide online for
're-spooling' 120 film onto 620 spools, although this looked like a
quick alternative, i
found out it was
nearly impossible, as it involves
moving things around in the dark, without touching the film. I
attempted doing it in the daylight on exposed film, and i failed
Then i realized, the only reason it was necessary to 're-spool' was that the spools were slightly larger than 620's . Thanks evil corporations. The camera's are pretty much useless without the film, so if you break something, chances are no one was going to use it again anyway.
So i came up with this workaround, which can be done in day light. Now you can use 4$ 120 film instead of 20$ 620 knockoff film, using only some sandpaper, a knife, and some brute force.
Getting the goods
The images above is a roll of 120 Film, which goes for 4 bucks at a legitimate camera store. I used L&L camera, They rock
Compare and Contrast
Here's the difference, 620 film is alot thicker and has an extra lip. The lip doesnt actually do anything though.
Here's a size comparison, for the folks whove never seen 120 film
|Here's the thickness difference i mentioned|
Literally all this involves is grabbing a knife and cutting off the extra plastic on the top of the spool, and then sanding down the lid so its about 1/16 of an inch in thickness. if it fits snuggly inside the camera and can spin, then chances are it works.
Final Product (after being developed )
Images taken with b/w film, scanned in and inverted: (psst, developing is easy to do on your own, but thats another article) -
NOTE: the full size images are very large, check the zoomable / medium view if possible.
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1. l&l camera (link)
2. how to re-spool film (link)
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