Kodak Senior #1

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  1. seawolf66

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    I saw this camera and won the Bid , but like a dummy , Did not look at spool size [LOL at my self] I have heard of respooling the 120 on to 620 roll's
    BUT can one modify the 120 spool to fit in the 620 exit spot and have a 620 spool in the take up spot , with out a lot of head aches , and the camera look like it had very little use :
    Thanks a lot Folks
     

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    Nice camera. A 120 spool can be cut down to fit into a 620 camera, however one must recover the spool when processing the film so that one does not need to keep making 620 spools.

    Steve
     
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    Sometimes it works well, Lauren, sometimes not. I haven't tried the Senior. I have a Junior and it really does require the 620 roll - it's pretty tight. Try cutting an old reel down with nail scissors just inside the ridge at the outside edges. If it fits in, great! Warning - when the rolls have been trimmed, they are much more likely to leak light into the roll of film, fogging it.
     
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    After fiddling a number of times with cutting 120 spools for the supply side of a Duo... my conclusion is that it is much easier (in all respects) to just spend a few bucks to buy some 620 spools and spend the time transfering film from 120 to 620 for shooting, and then back to 120 if you send out for processing. If the Senior is anything like the Duo, the cut 120 spools will not run as smooth feeding the film as a real 620 spool will. The 620 spools aren't cheap but I hope they will last "forever" if well cared for.
     
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    I just sand down the ends of the spool with fairly course sandpaper, in a dim room hold the sandpaper flat on a table with one hand hold the spool of film in the other hand firmly but not tight enough to damage the film and run the ends (do both ends) in a circle or figure 8 motion until its thined down like a 620 spool then you can use scissors to trim the diameter or tilt the spool to a angle and use a twisting motion on the sandpaper to sand down to the right diameter. Its quicker and easier to do than it sounds. Make sure you blow the dust off of the film before you load it in the camera. Its messy but it works for me every time

    If you would like a example PM me
     
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    More than likely your camera will have a 620 spool inside it. Then it's trivial, with a changing bag or blacked-out room, to respool 120 film onto 620 spools
     
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    When I was engaging in 120 spool modification I would just trim the part of the spool that stuck out beyond the film with a pair of scissors. VERY quick (no more than 1 second for each end) and no dust.

    p.s. other Brian... I totally agree about Real Men! :smile:
     
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    I got lucky , I open my Bessa II and found a 620 spool there and on the pressure plate for the film someone wrote 620 ??, the Bessa II is a 120 film user !
    are there any special trick to get the film to spool up tight and how you folks get the film go smooth when rewinding it back on the other spool:
     
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    The problem is that the 120 film will not fit in the camera.

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    Steve: My writing can confuss me also , The Bessa II works well with 120 ,its the Kodak senior 1 that will only work with a 620 spool : sorry for the confussion: