I’m a DIY kind of gal, especially when it comes to cameras. I like to experiment and modify my cameras to suit my needs. Sometimes I’m able to fabricate some pretty cool things but other times I waste a lot of time and energy and usually injure my hands in the process. That’s when I decide to make a U-turn and go in another direction.
Experiment #1: I’ve spent quite a few hours trying to modify my Brownie Bull’s Eye camera to accommodate just ONE spool of 120 film. I used the Dremel tool to sand down bits of metal on the camera body and innards. Sparks and dust were flying and I scraped one of my fingers pretty badly. I was able to fit a full 120 reel on one side and a 620 reel in the take-up spot after all this surgery but my film was pulled so taut that the paper backing ripped.
Experiment #2: Recently I acquired a camera I’d been trying to find for about a year, the dinner-mint-green Mark II Savoy. It also takes 620 film and I tried in vain to fit 120 in it. Again, I used the empty 620 reel as a take up but even then, I could barely get the camera back on. My husband ended up getting it all back together but the film wouldn’t advance more than a few inches. It’s finally becoming clear to me that some 620 cameras really will only take 620 film (I never said I caught on quickly).
Figuring I’m going to have to start a mass re-spooling of 120 onto 620 reels, I begin to search eBay for empty 620 reels and 620 film only to find them for sale at highway-robbery type prices. While I was searching I came across some brand new, unexpired 620 for sale. Too good to be true you say? Hardly.
Go to B&H Photo.com and you’ll find a modest selection of the stuff, including some Fuji Velvia. Best of all, the prices are comparable to 120 so I’m thinking this is the end of re-spooling 120 film onto 620 reels for me. Thank you B&H Photo!