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Don't buy 620 spools again (For Box brownies)

I wanted to stop having to buy expensive second hand 620 spools or re-spooled film so I came up with a cheap solution

monday I was trawling for film format info when I stumbled upon a PDF that was talking about converting 120rolls to fit a 116 folding camera. The PDF was a little hard core using vices and washers and drilling flanges etc but in amongst all this was a pearl. He was talking about the 116 being longer, thinner than 120 but the flange on the 120 is bigger so he snipped the flange down using nail clippers. Ooooooo 120 is the same length as 620 but the flange is bigger and the core is thicker but the film is the same. Sooooooo if I clip the flanges of the 120 spool, it MAY work as a take up spool for the Box brownie flash II.
I discussed it with David and he agreed it may work with nail clippers. So I found some and got a spare 120 spool.

Photo by woosang

Clipping the edge off, I slotted into the clipped spool into the small take up spool space. It fit!!!! Before it didn’t fit at all and the 120 was too tight for the film unload space as well. But now it sat beautifully. Now to load a film and test.

You can see the clipped 120 roll and next to a real 620 roll..(re spooled by me)

Now will it all jam up when all the film gathers on the bottom roll or will it work.

I loaded the film and set off for maccas. I played with the camera in the dark, most exposures will be shaky, some or most underexposed but I don’t care. I was testing the way the film moved in the camera and the performance of the Franken spool
The film progressed nicely through the roll and I came to the end of 8 exposures WIN!!! I didn’t make it to 8 withe the first roll. It got well and truly stuck at 6 and that was the end of it.
I am extremely happy that this camera is for the most part, fully functioning and I don’t have to buy 620 spools or special re-spooled 620 film. Yay!!!

Photo by woosang

Next to source 124 or 116 spools or film.

written by woosang


  1. orangeuke


    coolio! I mite have some questions though

    about 3 years ago · report as spam
  2. woosang


    @orangeukebsure. Shoot.

    almost 3 years ago · report as spam