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Kodak Roll Film + Kodak Retina 118

I think no one would doubt how much Eastman Kodak Co. (Kodak) contributed to the whole “Roll Film” development. It is so sad that this 131-year-old photographic pioneer Kodak was headed for bankruptcy recently.

Talk back to the focus of this blog article – “Roll Film”. 135 and 120 are the 2 most common formats nowadays. In fact, started from 1895, close to 40 different formats of roll films were developed. Here is a table to summarize the Kodak roll film sizes in the order they were introduced:

Number Dates Picture Size (inches)
101 1895 – Jul 1956 3.5 x 3.5
102 1895 – Sept 1933 1.5 x 2
103 1897 – Mar 1949 4 x 5
104 1897 – Mar 1949 5 x 4
105 1897 – Mar 1949 2.25 x 3.25
106 1898 – 1924 3.5 x 3.5
107 1898 – 1924 3.5 x 4.25
108 1898 – Oct 1929 4.25 x 3.25
109 1898 – 1924 4 x 5
110 1898 – Oct 1929 5 x 4
111 1898 – no date listed 6.25 x 4.75
112 1898 – 1924 7 x 5
113 1898 – no date listed 9 x  12 cm
114 1898 – no date listed 12 x 9 cm
115 1898 Mar 1949 7 x 5
116 1899 – 1984 2.5 x 4.25
117 1900 – Jul 1949 2.25 x 2.25
118 1900 – Aug 1961 3.25 x 4.25
119 1900 – Jul 1940 2.25 x 4.25
120 (220) 1901 (1965)  –   2.25 x 3.25
121 1902 – Nov 1941 1.625 x 2.5
122 1903 – Apr 1971 3.25 x 5.5
123 1904 – Mar 1949 4 x 5
124 1905 – Aug 1961 3.25 x 4.25
125 1905 – Mar 1949 3.25 x 5.5
126 1906 – Mar 1949 4.25 x 6.5
127 1912 – Jul 1995 1.625 x 2.5
128 1913 – Nov 1941 2.25 x 1.5
129 1913 – Jan 1951 3 x 2
130 1916 – Aug 1961 2.875 x 4.875
616 1931 – May 1984 2.5 x 4.25
620 1931 – Jul 1995 2.25 x 3.25
135 1934 –   24 x 36 mm
828 1935 – May 1984 28 x 40 mm
No. 35 1916 – Jan 1933 32 x 44 mm
(This special roll film for the smaller Premo camera used un-perforated 35mm film)
126 1963 – Dec 1999 28 x 28 mm
110 1972 – 13 x 17 mm
Disc 1982 – 1999 8 x 10 mm
APS 1996 – 16.7 x 30.2 mm

Source: T. Gustavson (2009) Camera. Published by: Sterling Innovation

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Many people want their Polaroid SX-70 camera (Introduction of SX-70) can use Polaroid 600 film or the PX680 / PZ600 film from the IMPOSSIBLE project store. However, as the iso/ASA of the 600 film is different (600 vs 100) from the SX-70 time zero film (or the IMPOSSIBLE project PX-70 PUSH!). If we use the 600 film directly on the Polaroid SX-70 camera, the pictures will be over-exposed. Therefore, we have to do modification to convert the SX-70 camera to uptake 600 film

There are many ways to convert the Polaroid SX-70 camera, but all methods are based on the same principle – to reduce the light intensity reaching the film. Some people would change the photocell of the light meter, some people may apply filters on the integral film. However, the simplest (and the reversible) way is to attach a ND (neutral density) filter on the lens. In future, if you would like to use back the original SX-70 (or PX-70) films, you just need to remove the filter. Very easy

This kind of ND filter is very common, you can easily find it on web (e.g. eBay) or camera shops

Usually, it is an 1-stop ND filter with a sticker, what you have to do is just stick the ND filter to the front part of the lens

Unfolding the SX-70. If you are using SX-70 SONAR OneStep with auto-focus function, please change to manual focus mode

Dial the focusing dial to make the lens move forward to the front end

Simply attach the ND filter to your SX-70. However, as SX-70 is a SLR, so the light reaching the viewfinder will be reduced as well. It is the drawback of this method

If you are interested in Polaroid Cameras, please visit the following blog articles

How to revive your Polaroid 450

Polaroid SX-70 SONAR OneStep. Product of 1978

相信很多人也很喜歡Polaroid相機,但當她宣佈停產後,很多Polaroid fans都已把他們的Polaroid相機放下。當然仍有不少的人為延續Polaroid努力,例如The Impossible Project,但始終還未完善,例如顏色的表顯(由於當年的原料供應商也倒了,商業機密也沒有留下來)。所以很多很好的Polaroid相機也被迫退役。

幸好Fujifilm仍出產一些可供Polaroid某一些相機用的pack film,例如快將在這裡介紹的FP-100C,可以讓你的Polaroid pack film Land Camera重生!

這裡介紹的是Polaroid Lane Camera 450,生產於1971年。所以要讓它重生,要處理電池跟底片(pack film)兩個問題

下面是一些步驟:
這些就是我所準備的一些工具,包括CR123A電池、一點bubble wrap、及箝子。當然一盒8.5×10.8cm的instant pack film 是不能缺的

Both pack film can be used for Polaroid series 100-400, however, the original Polaroid film are very difficult to find now.

首先要處理電力問題,由於Polaroid 450 是用532電池,停產了很久,所以要以同是3v的電池代替。CR123A是一個好選擇,外形跟532差不多,同是3v,很便宜,所以處理好正負極的問題便可

打開電池匣,你會發現要放兩顆電池,但其實用在快門的只需一顆,另外一顆是用於timer計時,可以不用理會

532的負極是凸出來的,但CR123A是平的,只需放一點金屬片讓負極能踫到便好

CR123A的正極也比532細小,所以要用箝子把正極的cap弄小

可用膠帶/膠紙固定

最後用bubble wrap把空間填滿便可

打開底片倉,試試上片按快門,如果電力不行,快門是不會打開的

現在開始放底片

底片倉開關在相機底部

之前剩下的底片匣可丟掉

先按下底片轉軸旁的紅色開關把轉軸提高

因為每一次放底片前一定要用紙巾清理好轉軸

把Pack Film從包裝拿出來,不要壓底片中間

千萬不要按壓底片的中間部分

把Pack Film放到底片倉內,白色跟黑色的tags應該很清楚的看得見

把底片倉關上,黑色的tag夾在外面

用力的拉動黑色的tag,不耍停頓直至見到第一張白色的tag


第一張白色的tag上面有數目字”1″,這時相機已準備好可用!

由於是第一張試機片,在室內用腳架防手震。用家裡的酒巴區當model…

為相機快門上鏈,手動對焦,按下紅色快門!

把”1″號的tag拉出來,會出現一張黑色的tag
用力把它拉出來,照片會跟著出來

等大概兩分鐘,最好在微溫的陰暗處 (use Cold Clip if you have),便可以把負片部分撕開

大功告成!1971年的Polaroid 450重生成功!

趕快拿到戶外試拍!

 

If you are interested in Polaroid Cameras, please visit the following blog articles

The simplest way to use 600 film in Polaroid SX-70 Camera

– Polaroid SX-70 SONAR OneStep. Product of 1978