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RE: OT: Re: filmscanners: open and control

Michael wrote:
> The 120 and 620 film and backing paper are the same size but the spools are 
>very different in size and are not interchangable. 620 is no longer made by 

and Laurie wrote:
>The film sizes for 120 and 620 are the same; it is only the spools that were 
>different and which accounted for the change in product number.

Oh,oh. I knew I was probably wrong about this almost as soon as I punched the 
"send" button. Now everyone knows how long it's been since I've actually been 
"exposed" to medium format film! Unfortunately, I'd have to drive 70 miles--and 
probably twice that--to buy a roll of 120 film of any flavor, upping the price 
by 3 gallons of gas!

I have a flock of 620's--all pre-1960--none of which are actually good enough 
to buy film for other than out of curiosity. The 620 spool is 7/8" diameter. It 
takes fewer pictures that 120, which means it would be smaller--by how much, 
I'm not sure, since I don't have a 120 in my collection. *Should* have, 
certainly, but don't. *Some* of the cameras will accommodate a larger spool. 
The cheaper ones will not.

Eastman Kodak, to their credit, used to make up special orders of discontinued 
film sizes for Old Camera buffs. I don't know if they still do--I haven't 
actively pursued it. An earlier post mentioned that 120 can be re-spooled to 

I may be the only Old Stuff collector on this list. But if anyone thinks 
*filmscanners* are defensive about their choices, you should visit a meeting of 
Old Camera Collectors!! 

Uhm, no, you probably shouldn't. ;-)

Best regards--LRA

BTW--$200 doesn't seem like a bad price for a working Medalist II. If you 
really want one, that is. :-)  

>-----Original Message-----
>From: owner-filmscanners@halftone.co.uk
>[mailto:owner-filmscanners@halftone.co.uk]On Behalf Of Lynn Allen
>Sent: Friday, June 08, 2001 7:46 AM
>To: filmscanners@halftone.co.uk
>Subject: Re: OT: Re: filmscanners: open and control
>Rich wrote:
>>Can you still get 620 film?
>AFIAK you can. It's what a Hasselblad uses or used to use, if I'm not
>mistaken. I think 120 film is interchangable, but maybe not in all cameras.
>Best regards--LRA
>On 07 Jun 2001 16:01:12 EDT
> Richard Starr wrote:
>>--- You wrote:
>>The Super Six-20 was a folding camera, if I'm not mistaken. If that's what
>>is talking about, it's pretty rare and worth at least $1000, according to
>>book. In that case, I'd *definitely* like to take a look at it! :-)
>>Best regards--LRA
>>--- end of quoted material ---
>>I was taking about the Medalist II as it turns out.  I checked Ebay and
>>are running for a couple of hundred dollars as it appears.
>>Can you still get 620 film?

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