620 Spools

Discussion in 'Alternative Techniques & Photo Gallery' started by lyburnum, Apr 28, 2006.

  1. lyburnum

    lyburnum TPF Noob!

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    I wanted to get hold of some 620 spools for my folding kodak brownie, anyone know a place online I can order them from? It's kinda a pain having to sand down all my 120 spools! I have one but that is all.
     
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    terri Administrator Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Try here. I know they sell 620 film, so take it from there. :)
     
  3. lyburnum

    lyburnum TPF Noob!

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    Wonderful thank you!
     
  4. Torus34

    Torus34 No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    Your best bet is to simply use turned down 120 spools. You can also buy some old 620 cameras and hopefully find a spool inside, but that's a bit chancy [and pricy!] The places which supply 620 film are usually respooling 120 onto cut-down 120 spools.
     
  5. mysteryscribe

    mysteryscribe TPF Noob!

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    Every 620 camera I ever had was a little different... The ansco ready flash I just sold on ebay as a pinhole would take a 120 supply side roll and I could modify a 120 spool on the take up by cementing a bit of roof flashing with a smaller hole for the knob to fit inside. It is by far the easiest.

    I have a duaflex I'm going ot shoot for the pinhole thing. I can't even get it to take a 120 in the supply side, even if I trim it down. Im going to reroll one roll just for the pinhole shoot. And Never buy another duafex. I can get the roll in, but it is so tight that it hurts my hands to advance it.

    The ebay aution is still going if you look closely you can see the spool on the table has a second top on it

    The added top thing I did to convert a 116 to 120 as well. If the camera will take it, thats the easiest way to go. Some will some won't. The 116's were kodak by the way so its just hard to tell what will and what won't let you use different techniques.

    The folding brownie I distroyed was very early and used 120. It was a wooden frame (ie cigar box) and had warped. It leaked at the back so I changed it to sheetfilm.

    When the guys made six twenty they either just changed the advance knob design, or they made the compartments just too darn tight. There was no reason for either except to limit the brands of film you could use. At least that's what I've always heard.

    They show up on ebay from time to time but are so darned expensive I stopped looking for them. I agree if you cant cut down a spool but the film and reuse the spool. The empty 620 spool is probably more expensive than the film.
     
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    mysteryscribe TPF Noob!

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    Hey I want to thank you guys. After I wrote that I had a thought. I can take a couple of spools trim them sand them then respool half rolls. that will get the spool size down. If I'm going to respool anyway, I might as well do it it in smaller amounts. I won't need the 620 spools at all. the half roll will take up the difference in the thickness of the spool itself.

    Thanks guys I needed that.
     
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    Terri that site is awsome. :)
     
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    http://www.photosupplies.co.uk/

    However, the homepage has a notice saying the online shop is closed temporarily because the owner can't make a living from it full time any more. Hmm. May be worth a call though.
     
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    Similar, but UK based and with a wider range of films than J&C seem to have:

    www.retrophotographic.co.uk
     
  10. mysteryscribe

    mysteryscribe TPF Noob!

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    I withdraw my remark about making half rolls of film way too much trouble.
     
  11. Alpha

    Alpha Troll Extraordinaire

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    I know it's discontinued, but why the hell is APX selling for 10 bucks a roll? I've never used it. Is APX25 really that amazing?
     
  12. ksmattfish

    ksmattfish Now 100% DC - not as cool as I once was, but still

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    Nope, but photographers are a superstitious bunch who place an inordinate amount of credit for their work on gear and materials. Just wait until they discontinue Kodachrome; it'll go for $40 a roll. ;)
     

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