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    ANSCO No. 1A Junior

    I inherited an old Ansco folding camera a few years ago. Model No. 1A Junior. Cosmetically not so great but the bellows appears to be light tight, the lens clear and the shutter and aperture seem to work. I would love to use this old camera. The problem appears to be finding film that fits. I am not certain but I seem to remember my grandfather saying that this camera used 640 roll film.

    Does anyone know if that is correct? If so, is it possible to find 640 roll film?

    Thanks for any thoughts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by xeric-sw
    I inherited an old Ansco folding camera a few years ago. Model No. 1A Junior. Cosmetically not so great but the bellows appears to be light tight, the lens clear and the shutter and aperture seem to work. I would love to use this old camera. The problem appears to be finding film that fits. I am not certain but I seem to remember my grandfather saying that this camera used 640 roll film.

    Does anyone know if that is correct? If so, is it possible to find 640 roll film?

    Thanks for any thoughts.

    Steve Wilson
    I think you mean 620 film. It is dimensionally the same as 120, and in some cameras 120 will fit just fine. If not, there are sites in the web that illustrate how to reroll 120 onto 620 reels. The 620 reel is a smidge shorter and smaller in diameter than 120. One of Kodak's dastardly plans.
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    If it is 620 film, I think that JandC still carries some..check the link from the banner above or the sponser link. Also, film for classics web site used to have some. Not aware of 640 film (but that does not mean much, found out about 616 film a couple of years ago, had not heard of it before).
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    The 1A Junior used 116 film providing a neg about 2 1/2" X 4 1/4" -- nice size!

    If you had a No 1 Ansoc Junior, you'd be in business shooting with good old 120 film. There are still a few places you can get older film sizes .. do a google for antique film...
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    Could it be that "Junior" might use standard 120 film? I think 620 was born in the 1930's. My early 1910's folding Ansco 1A uses the impossible to find 116 film also. Last year J&C announced that they would be selling 116 film soon, but I have not seen it listed yet.
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    I realize this is an old thread, but it is unresolved. I would appreciate anyone who can provide authoritative and definitive info on the film type required by the Ansco No. 1A Junior. Thank you.

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    According to the table below, which looks authoritative, the 1A Junior took 116 film, yielding 6 exposures 2-1/2 x 4-1/4 in.:
    http://www.vintagephoto.tv/anscofilmtable.shtml
    Apparently 116 (and 616, thinner spool) was 70mm wide. With DIY spacers you might be able to adapt 120 film, which is narrower. Frame spacing would be a problem, though.



 

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