Roll 222. Hacking a Kodak folding camera

For a while I’ve had a Kodak folding autographic camera made for 122 film. 122 film produces postcard size pictures, perfect for making contact prints from, if you want postcard sized pictures. 122 film has also been discontinued since 1971.

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Since it would be a waste to not use the camera I have considered how to modify it to accept 120 film, which while smaller is commonly available. The modification wasn’t rocket science, nor was I the first to think of it. But still, it was a fun evening project, and I ended up with a camera that shoots insanely wide 6×14 frames.

Alice. Shanghai GP3 in Rodinal 1+50 for 20min at 20C.

Alice. Shanghai GP3 in Rodinal 1+50 for 20min at 20C.

I manufactured a special takeup spool that would fill the compartment for a 122 spool, and cut pieces of foam to hold the feeding spool centered. Also I covered the red window as it would be useless for the narrower film, and cut a mask out of cardboard to support the film as it traversed the otherwise too wide gap.

The distance covered in 1s. Shanghai GP3 in Rodinal 1+50 for 20min at 20C.

The distance covered in 1s. Shanghai GP3 in Rodinal 1+50 for 20min at 20C.

It was hideously hard to frame the pictures, as the viewfinder on my camera is loose and rattles. And my film does not fill the entire suggested frame. Also it seems that the foam I chose to hold the film releases debris that scratch the film, a lot. Also one could question the cost efficiency of the modification as only 4 or 5 frames go onto a roll of 120 film, and very similar results by just cropping pictures from a 4×5 camera.

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But it was a fun project. I might get a level, make some better supports, and use the camera for landscape work.

A boat missing.  Shanghai GP3 in Rodinal 1+50 for 20 min at 20C.

A boat missing. Shanghai GP3 in Rodinal 1+50 for 20 min at 20C.

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