Spring 2012

Spring 2012
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I just loaded an old Voigtländer Jubilar (early 30's) with a roll of Ilford 120 film. This only has markers for 6x6 frame numbers, so for every other picture you have to more or less guess how long to turn the winder.

Are there other makes of 120 film with 6x9 frame markers on the paper?

Do you have any ingenious ideas how to avoid overlap exposures when using film that only has 6x6 frame numbers?

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cameramanuals.org/voigtlander_pdf/voigtlander_jubilar.pdf doesn't provide any clues, unfortunately – dav1dsm1th May 27 '14 at 9:41
up vote 1 down vote accepted

It turns out that I was wrongly informed by the sales person. The paper actually does have markers for 6x9 frame numbers.

Since the question might be helpful to future users also trying out old film cameras, I thought I'd let is stand and share what I was told on another forum.

In summary:

  • Most (all?) 120 films have markers for 6x9, 6x6 and 6x4.5.
  • Depending on the camera format, the readout window was placed to display the relevant frame numbers, which are printed in the following order (left to right) when looking in the "direction of travel": 6x9, 6x6, 6x4.5. There are also markers for 6x7 format cameras.
  • The 120 film was actually originally produced for 6x9 cameras.
  • Although mine appears not to, some old cameras do have their readout windows misplaced, thus displaying the wrong frame numbers.
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as i remember, those marks are on the paper on top of the film. However, 6x6 markings require different window position to see, rather than 6x9 – aaaaaa Jun 24 '15 at 5:49

I've never seen numbering for 6x7; every 6x7 back I've seen has auto-spacing.

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