Uh oh... What Film Did I Load In This Camera? Let the Ribbons Do the Talking


When you have a whole load of cameras, you may tend to “feed” it with film on impulse. Not all the frames of the film will be used up when you have various cameras in your arsenal and as you shoot with various cameras over a certain amount of time, you may lose track as to which camera is loaded with which type of film.

Although some cameras such as the Lomography Fisheye No. 2 and Lomography Sprocket Rocket come with a little “window” on its back, some other cameras aren’t so “fortunate” (eg. Holga 135, Olympus XA, etc.)

Fret not! With the aid of some different coloured ribbons or strings, you can now know the difference!

Stuff you’ll need:

  • A camera without the little “window” at the back
  • A pair of scissors
  • Ribbons (of any colour(s) of your choice), cut anywhere between 2 to 5 inches in length. Make sure it’s neither too thick nor wide, so that you’ll be able to loop it through a part of your chosen camera.

Grab a camera, load it with your preferred film and loop (or tie a simple knot) over any part of the camera (that allows you to do so) with the ribbon. Make sure it doesn’t block the lens and it would be best if the knot can be untied and re-used on other cameras. Repeat the tying process as many times as necessary on as many cameras as you wish. I chose a gold ribbon for slide films, green for negatives and a dark blue one for black & white film.

Ta-daa! Now you’ll know which camera is loaded with which particular film! No more worrying, guessing or wasting valuable rolls of film and photos! And once you’ve rewound the film, untie the ribbon or string (before keeping your camera) and you’ll be able to re-use it in future.

Fisheye No. 2 has a 170-degree wide angle view and stunning barrel distortion. Now with a hotshoe and multiple and long exposure capabilities, the world’s greatest compact Fisheye camera is now more amazing than you ever thought possible! Available in different colours and special designs.

The Sprocket Rocket is the first wide-angle camera dedicated entirely to sprockets. And with dual winding knobs for easy multiple exposures, there is no limit to your analogue creativity with this panoramic wonder. See the Sprocket Rocket in our Shop!

written by hairil on 2011-10-19 #gear #tutorials #film #black-and-white #slide #negative #camera #loop #tipster #strings #ribbons #knot #identify

One Comment

  1. nick_a_tron
    nick_a_tron ·

    I just rip the side of the box of film off and stick it in the holder (which is made exactly for that purpose) on my slr or stick it on the back of my Diana.

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