What is medium format film or 120 film?

Medium format film (or 120 film) is larger than 35 mm, but smaller than large format (or sheet film.) The terms “120 film” and “medium format film” are pretty much interchangeable nowadays, but you should know that the film is not 120 mm. In fact 120 is simply a reference to the original numbering system used by Kodak. (It was the 20th daylight-loading roll film that Kodak produced.)

Lomography 120 film range

120 film is 6 cm wide and different medium format cameras shoot different variations of frame length including 6×4.5, 6×6 and 6×7. Depending on these frame lengths, medium format will give you between 8 – 16 shots per roll.

6×4.5 camera = 16 exposures
6×6 camera = 12 exposures
6×7 camera = 10 exposures
6×8 camera = 9 exposures
6×9 camera = 8 exposures

With medium format film the area of the image is bigger than 35 mm, giving you more detail in your photos and less grain. Medium format cameras are great for professional photographers as well as more serious amateurs, as they remain fairly portable but give a much larger image size than 35 mm.

Photos by clownshoes on Mamiya C33 with Lomography Lady Grey B&W 400 ISO 120 film and tomkiddo on Holga 120 CFN with Lomography Color Negative 100 ISO 120 film

120 format films can be used with the Diana F+, Lomo Lubitel 166+, Lomo LC-A 120, and many other medium format cameras.

120 film format was originally introduced by Kodak for its Brownie No. 2 way back in 1901. For a long time it was the main format for amateur photographers, however with the popularity of 35 mm in the 1970s, 120 medium format film became a format associated with professionals.

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