120 film vs. 620 film in a Brownie Target six-20

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does anyone know the relative merits of using 620 film in a brownie target six-20 instead of re-spooled or trimmed down 120 film. i've seen people mention that 120 film is cheaper but if cost isn't a factor what is the best (i.e. most versatile) film for a brownie target six-20

-- Matt Hafelein (matt-hafelein@home.com), May 08, 2001


120 v 620 film

Assuming price not to be a consideration !!

620 film pros: It'll fit your camera 620 film cons: Very limited emulsion choices

120 film pros: Virtually unlimited emulsion choice, including chromagenic b&w, which is probably the best all-round film for a camera with limited exposure capability

120 film cons: Spool needs modifying or film rewound onto 620 spindle (a matter of minutes per film with a little practice).

-- Chris Eve (kypfer@itl.net), May 08, 2001.

I have a Kodal duaflex and have been fortunate enough to find a store that sells the 120 film already spooled onto 620 reels. However, there is still a problem. When I put these new plastic 620 reels in my camera they get stripped because the pin that turns the reel is metal. After a couple of winds the reel is destroyed and I cannot advance the film anymore. Any suggtestions?

-- Scott Kuhl (skuhl@si.rr.com), August 04, 2001.

Hi, Scott, My first suggestion would be, of course, that you stop using the 620 film on the plastic spools. After that, I would suggest that you get hold of some metal 620 spools and become adept at respooling 120 onto them.

For what it's worth, I don't believe in spending an inordinate amount of money on film that someone else has respooled when I can do it myself in only a couple of minutes. I always re-respool the film onto the original 120 spool prior to processing, so I don't have to worry about not getting the 620 spool back.

Someone sent me a spool of 620 from Film for Classics, and I used it in my Medalist II and had the same problem with stripping, but fortunately not until I had gotten past the 8th exposure.

Good luck! If you want to know how to get some metal 620 spools, drop me a line via email.

-- Pete Lutz (mariner8378@hotmail.com), October 23, 2001.

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