Hacking a 126 Film Cartridge for 35mm Film


Do you have Kodak Instamatic cameras that you're raring to use? Hack ordinary film into 126 cartridges using this tipster!

We’ve talked about retrofitting 120 film into a 620 format camera yesterday so we’ll continue along those lines today! 126 format film was (finally) discontinued by Kodak back in 2008, and that left Instamatic aficionados a little sad. Luckily with some elbow grease, you can use a regular, run-off-the-mill 35mm film on your 126 format camera!

All you need is a changing bag or a darkroom, an empty 126 film cartridge, 35mm film, and a whole lot of practice. Interested? Check out the video below for the whole process!

written by cruzron on 2013-08-13 in #gear #tipster #videos #hack #film #35mm #tipster #126


  1. bkspicture
    bkspicture ·

    Great article!

  2. exit14
    exit14 ·

    Why not reuse the paper from the 126 film? It would save a lot of taping and you would be able to keep track of the amount of film left a little better.

  3. segata
    segata ·

    @exit14, You would run the risk of heavy light leaks doing that and theres a difference between the flim lengths and sprocket holes so re-useing the paper wouldnt be all that accurate, using 35mm in a 126 camera is a bit trial and error so you are best off just blocking out the light and learning the amount of winding on the camera between the frames.

    Nice article @cruzron

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