Hacking a 126 Film Cartridge for 35mm Film

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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 #videos #gear #tutorials #film #35mm #tipster #hack #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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