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    Who sells backing paper?

    I'm tempted to try getting my 4x5 rollfilm (yes rollfilm) camera going. I know I can cut down Cirkuit film, but where am I going to find backing paper? Any leads? Thanks!

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    Are you sure that you need it? 220 film has no backing paper.
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    I need it. My No. 4 Cartridge Kodak is designed for 4x5 rollfilm covering 4x5, not a 220 reducing back.

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    The rollfilm cameras of that era used the red window, so it requires a backing. 220 requires a frame counter.
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    There's a product called "Exeter paper" that's extremely similar to the backing on 120 size J&C Pro 100. It's black, opaque, matte on one side and semi-gloss on the other (put the gloss side toward the film to avoid base scratching). It comes on a roll, IIRC 48 or so inches wide, and is sold by the linear foot. It's durable enough, according to those who've used it, to be reused several times, and you can use a white paint marker or similar to put the frame numbers on the matte side. It's the recommended product for making roll backings wider than 120 (116/616, 122, 124, etc.), and though a little thicker than modern "big brand" backing paper, it's not significantly thicker than what was in use in the 1930s and a standard length roll fits nicely on original spools.

    If you search for "Exeter paper" here on APUG you should fine the thread with contact information for the vendor -- unfortunately, Googling that term gives lots of hits for the Exeter Paper Company, who may in fact make the stuff but don't put much if any product information on their web site.
    Photography has always fascinated me -- as a child, simply for the magic of capturing an image onto glossy paper with a little box, but as an adult because of the unique juxtaposition of science and art -- the physics of optics, the mechanics of the camera, the chemistry of film and developer, alongside the art in seeing, composing, exposing, processing and printing.

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    Donald,
    you never cease to amaze me with the things you know. Where would people be without the likes of you?
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    Thanks, Norm. I have a highly detailed memory. Now if there were only a way to make a living off that... :P
    Photography has always fascinated me -- as a child, simply for the magic of capturing an image onto glossy paper with a little box, but as an adult because of the unique juxtaposition of science and art -- the physics of optics, the mechanics of the camera, the chemistry of film and developer, alongside the art in seeing, composing, exposing, processing and printing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Donald Qualls
    Thanks, Norm. I have a highly detailed memory. Now if there were only a way to make a living off that... :P
    Sell backing paper! I predict Athanasius will be your first customer. The market is there, TAKE IT!
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    Wow, you guys rock as usual. Thanks!

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