We all love the beauty of the square format in 120mm film cameras, and as of late, the wonderful Diana Mini was given the feature to produce a square format. So I thought I should give this a try myself. And here it is.
For this, we are basically creating a sort of ‘mask’. Here’s what you’ll need:
- Your camera
- A ruler
- Paper [the tougher the better and preferably black]
- Transparent adhesive tape
- A sharpie
Easy to follow instructions:
Step 1: Open the back of your camera. Using the ruler, measure the height and width of the frame inside the camera. [My Holga 135 BC measured 1.5 inches in width and 1 inch in height]
Step 2: To turn that rectangular frame into a square you need to insert two pieces of paper that should be 1/4 inch in width and 1 inch in height. [Doing the math 1/4 × 2 = 1/2 and 1.5 – 0.5 = 1 inch. And there you’ll have the 1 x 1 square frame.] So what you do is you make 2 marks of a 1/4 inch in the paper you want to use and you cut them.
Step 3: Here we bring in our trusty Mr. Scotch transparent tape. [If like me you didn’t have black paper, you can always just paint it with a black sharpie.] Then all that’s left is taping the two pieces of paper inside the frame in your camera.
So there you have it. You can now enjoy the beauty of the 120mm square format in any of your 35mm cameras.
P.s. When you get your scans back from the lab, you’ll have the picture in the center and one black strip on each side [the papers you put in], but you can either leave it like that, or crop it with any software like I did _.