Stop wasting film with your Belair!

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Modify your 6×9 mask to be able to take 8 larger pictures on your 120 film.

Credits: qlamerand

Did you notice that the *Belair X 6-12* isn’t really a 6×12 camera? The dimensions of the “6×12” mask are actually 52mm x 104mm. The masks with the “6×6” and “6×9” ratios have the same height and consequently measure 52mm x 52mm and 52mm x 78mm.

A 120 film can contain 12, 8 or 6 exposures with the respective sizes: 60mm x 60mm, 60mm x 90mm and 60mm x 120mm. So taking pictures with these smaller masks leaves some unused film.

We can’t enlarge the camera so we’re stuck with this 52mm height and maximum 104mm width. But we can modify the 6×9 mask so it has a whole 90mm width. This way, we will still be able to take 8 exposures with this mask but the pictures will be larger, almost as panoramic as with the 6×12 ratio. The picture at the beginning of this tipster is taken with this modified 6×9 mask.

The following picture shows two unmodified “6×9” and “6×12” masks, and between them my custom mask. I used a razor saw and a modelling knife to cut the extra plastic.

Here we can see how thin the gap is between the two pictures taken with this mask.

Finally, some other examples, this time in portrait orientation.

Credits: qlamerand

written by qlamerand on 2014-05-09 #gear #tutorials #film #mask #tipster #6x9 #belair #camera-modification


  1. pearlgirl77
    pearlgirl77 ·

    really great! thanks.. i try it with a tape.. works really good! and i love the new format :)

  2. qlamerand
    qlamerand ·

    Thanks! Ah yes of course, taping the 6x12 mask works too :). Another thing I like with this format is that it minimizes blurry sides when shooting with the 58mm lens.

  3. pearlgirl77
    pearlgirl77 ·

    oh yes.. works great.. and here my man make me a mask with round edges and i love it…

  4. alienmeatsack
    alienmeatsack ·

    I actually have a full set of extra masks. I should give this a try.

  5. pearlgirl77
    pearlgirl77 ·

    @alienmeatsack ohhh where do you have it?? and you should!

  6. qlamerand
    qlamerand ·

    @pealgirl77 really cool round edges mask
    @alienmeatsack you definitely should :)

  7. alienmeatsack
    alienmeatsack ·

    I am definitely going to see what kind of results can get out of the masks with some playing. I love the rounded edges one too. Makes me want to dig out the Belair!

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