What size film reel is this???

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  1. smithdan

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    well BP, went to my junk box and found two film reels that would hold rollfilm that fits that reel. They are both the same length, just larger. The bigger wooden one is 116 and the thinner metal one 616. These are Kodak #'s.

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    The cameras that they fit, at least the ones I have are a mid to late 20's autographic, the Brownie box and that handsome folder probably from the 30's to early 40's.

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    ..so quite likely your dad would have processed this film size either from one of his own cameras or from one of his friends.


     
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    Very interesting. From what I've read, 116 and 616 film produced negative images that were 2-1/2 by 4-1/4. If the film left a 1/4-inch margin above and below the image, then that's what I have, a reel for 116/616 film! And speaking of folding cameras, I still have a Bee-Bee similar to that Kodak model, with Compur Rapid shutter and Zeiss Tessar lens. Still can't bear to part with it.
     
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    Exactly BP. Here's a pack of negs from that camera processed Sep 8, 1939. This was my father in laws camera. Just for fun, I included the unedited scan with a bit missing along the right edge because of my scanner mask is sized for 120.

    There are how to's on the internet to alter 116/616 cameras to fit 120 without any permanent damage. Imagine the great time you would have shooting a roll with that BeeBee. The Kodak awaits the same adventure as soon as I treat it to a new bellows.

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    Alas, I never had a roll film back for the Bee-Bee, only for the discontinued Kodak film packs or individual sheets.
     
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    I have the same box Brownie in the picture that you posted, Dan. I was thinking it was 116 or 616. I think I read too about adapting a 120 spool to fit those cameras but haven't tried it, but I should do that sometime. I enjoyed seeing the photos you posted.

    Great find BP having a reel for that size film. Do you have a tank that will work with it? Hope you can use it.
     
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