Film for Kodak 620 Vigilante Junior?

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  1. Luna.optica

    Luna.optica Member

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    Hey... I've recently inhereted a fully functional Kodak 620 Vigilante Junior, and I was wondering if anyone knew if it was possible to order 620 Panatomic film from somewhere, maybe online... or another film that I can use instead in this camera... So far, in the places I have asked it seems kind of unlikely :confused: I'm in New Zealand but I have a source in the States that I can mail anything I order to.
    Thanks!
     
  2. Paul Goutiere

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    This is one of many sites that will show you how to turn 120 film which is readily available into 620 film for your camera. Very easy to do!
    http://www.inficad.com/~gstewart/respool.htm

    I have a few older cameras, myself, which take 620 film and this method works perfectly.
    There are a few issues you may run up against however:
    -many older cameras likely have pinholes in the bellows which will leak light. They can be hard to see.
    -the little red window on the back of your camera may leak a little light as well, and may need to be covered after advancing a frame.

    The upside will be that the images produced by these old cameras can be really unique and special. Probably worth the effort to get the camera going.
     
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    Fotoimpex in Berlin sells 120 films "trimmed" to 620. The last ones I got were Fuji Acros.
     
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    Thanks a bunch!! :D
    Appreciated :D
     
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    If you're referring to Panatomic-X film as the "Panatomic" 620, that emulsion's no longer made. Besides the link referenced above, I've had decent luck using a 620 takeup spool and a roll of 120 film trimmed down with either nail trimmers or scissors.

    Good luck! My grandmother shot hundreds of pictures with the very same camera.
     
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    I think there are some camera stores in the U.S. that sell 620 film at a premium price under several brands.