A 35mm film in your Belair?


Yes, this is possible! In this tipster I show you how!

The first thing I tested with a piece of paper, I glued on the empty film spool, how many clicks I have to turn, so I have no overlapping images. There are about 90 clicks, which are four and a half turns. I oriented myself on the groove above.

The more I roll up the film, the less I made turns. The film is in fact getting fatter. Therefore, more film per revolution is wound.

But now to the beginning!

First, I cut off a small piece of foam that fit into the opening of the frame counter.

Then I glued a piece of black plastic with tape (it’s also black thicker paper possible) over the opening and the foam.

To cover the second hole, I cut out a larger piece of the black plastic.

Then it went to the film loading. First I cut two thicker pieces out of my foam to position the 35mm film in the middle. Then I glued the beginning of the film on the medium format film reel and put it in the Belair. Close the cover and let’s go!

The aim to catch the right frame is difficult and of course overlapping images result. So it is with analogue experiments.

Here you’ll find at last the best results:

Credits: pearlgirl77

The rest of the film you can see in my LomoHome

written by pearlgirl77 on 2013-02-11 in #gear #tipster #kb #modifikation #35mm #kleinbild #camera-modification #belair #tipster #kamera #mittelformat
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  1. vinci84
    vinci84 ·

    hey, great article! but it seems to be , that the belair in 35 mm looks like the "refined" version of the sprocket rocket, i will try it, lomo on!

  2. sixsixty
    sixsixty ·


  3. pearlgirl77
    pearlgirl77 ·

    @vinci84 thank you.. yes.. a little bit you're right.. but i like it with the belair.. will do a redscale next time :)

    @sixsixty thank you :)

  4. renenob
    renenob ·

    Cool beans!

  5. mojo_lomo
    mojo_lomo ·


  6. istionojr
    istionojr ·

    one of the most simple yet universal way to use 35 film on 120 camera, awesome tipster!

  7. raylemon
    raylemon ·

    you're amazing!

  8. guitarleo
    guitarleo ·

    great! how to rewind?

  9. pearlgirl77
    pearlgirl77 ·

    @guitarleo oh.. this aspect i forget to write.. haha.. i go in a dark room and pull it back with hands

  10. camielioo
    camielioo ·

    Pretty interesting! (:

  11. deepfried_goodness
    deepfried_goodness ·

    Now this is something I will have to try out. Thanks!

  12. stylicgandii
    stylicgandii ·

    Approximately How many frames do your get in a roll of 35mm film? And which masking size do you use on the sample films you use?

  13. pearlgirl77
    pearlgirl77 ·

    @stylicgandii i have 14 pictures on a 36 pictures film

  14. megaman49
    megaman49 ·

    You could use the 90 clicks technique to run 220 film through your belair and do redscale or EBS shots.

  15. stonerfairy
    stonerfairy ·


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