Roll 21: Wasting Film

Ugh.   I had another camera experiment weekend and killed some film.    Darnit.   There goes $9 bucks worth of Kodak Ektar on 120.   That seems really silly when I figured out that one of the cameras that I was attempting to test only cost me $3.   The economics on that one aren’t good, are they?

What happened, you ask?


I tried to make some 120 film fit into a camera meant for 620.   It has worked for me in a couple of other cameras.   But, those darn evil corporations are sneaky about making things JUST SLIGHTLY different and yet impossible to use.

I trimmed the original plastic roller on the film and even sanded it down to make it fit into the cameras.   I could not get either of these two cameras to work with my modified 120.   Once I got the rolls small enough to fit in the camera cases, they just wouldn’t roll to advance.

The Photek Reflex

The Photak Reflex II

The Photak has a pin that goes through the middle of the film roll.   I stabbed through the plastic on my 120 and subsequently through the film, too.   Ooops.

Kodak Autographic No. 1

Kodak Junior Autographic No. 1

The Kodak No. 1 was what I was really trying to use.  And, it might be worth overpaying for the right film rollers.   Maybe.   What do you think?

And, FYI … I even tried to re-roll the film onto the 620 rollers that I managed to salvage from the cameras.   This was just not my day.   The re-rolling in the dark fiasco was just a feeble attempt to not waste the film after I had put so much effort into cutting and sanding.

I looked online and B&H Photo sells 620 for about $15 a roll.   I bought this film for $9 but soon realized that I could have gotten it online for much cheaper.   I bought it at the local Mom&Pop store so I don’t feel too bad.   But, money is money … ya know??

Lesson learned.   Moving on to another roll.

Has anyone out there had much success with this?   Any tips or pointers?   Let me know your secrets!




24 thoughts on “Roll 21: Wasting Film

  1. Bummer. 😦 I’ve not tried re-spooling yet, but did pony up for some expensive 127 to try cutting down 120 to 127 and then re-spooling. So I’ll be watching for responses from more experienced folks.


  2. Do it the really easy way..
    Go in the dark, unroll the ENTIRE roll, reroll it up without a spool, tight enough to fit into the feed chamber..

    Now load the leader to the 620 takeup spool..

    Problem solved! You don’t have to cross load the film, you can roll it up tight(ish) and pop it into the feed chamber..
    Once the camera is closed, it’s light tight.


  3. There’s a tutorial on The Brownie Camera Page that shows how easy it is to respool. I am a respooler…it’s easy especially 120 to 620 and it never jams. Slicing is abit harder but gets easy after a few tries…and it means you can use whatever film you want in almost any camera as long as you have the spools.


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