I thought that 220 film is not just twice as long, but that it is on a thinner base stock. That would be why making 220 available is not simply a matter of cutting it "twice as long"
I'd be in for a bunch as well.
Base stock is the same thickness for 120 and 220.
Originally Posted by SWphoto
I do use a digital device in my photographic pursuits when necessary.
When someone rags on me for using film, I use a middle digit, upraised.
If Kodak (or anyone else) were to do a special run of 220 B&W, count me in for a pile of it.
Being a Mamiya 645 user I don't have special 220 backs languishing under a pile of unwashed laundry, just several inserts, which is no real loss.
Right now in Spain they're holding the Running of the Bulls,
followed by the Soiling of the Pants, and the Burying of the Idiots.
There we go.
Originally Posted by aoresteen
I have no interest in either film, but would love T-Max in 220 format.
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No loss at all, considering that there still is 220 film you can put on those inserts.
Originally Posted by flatulent1
IRRC Simon said the problem for Ilford with 220 is that the machine that spools leaders and packages it is dead worn out. Being essentially a rare and custom thing, no parts are available, and the investment needed to replace or rebuild the thing could never be recovered with present demand. It is a bit of a catch 22- falling availability ultimately kills demand, but in this case, unfortunately, I feel pretty certain that 220 in B&W is done and gone. I'd dearly love to be wrong. The vast majority of it was used in applications that don't shoot film as a rule these days.
That's just, like, my opinion, man...
I loved TXP in 220 format. It was my go-to portrait film (which is what it was designed for). I used TXP 220 mainly in portrait sessions so I didn't have to change backs as often. For personal shooting, I actually prefer 120.
I agree with J. Brunner that 220 B&W is probably dead and gone, but, for the record, if the Kodak angels are granting wishes, my priorities would be:
1. bring back TXP in 220. I promise I will consume 10 rolls per month
2. If not, start coating TXP in 120. So I'm in for 20 rolls per month.
3. ? TMAX in 220? I'm not familiar with it, but if it's a good portrait film, give it to me.
I have a 220 insert for my Pentax 645 and a few rolls of TXP 220 left--I'm not attached to 220 color, particularly, so once I finish these I'll probably convert the 220 insert to 120 via some tinkering and just have two 120 inserts. I doubt I'll ever see 220 in B&W again, although if someone makes it, I'll buy it.
(And if you have any P645 220 inserts you don't want, send them my way.)
Pentax: 6x7 MLU
Graflex: Miniature (2x3) Speed Graphic
Has anyone called Kodak to see if it's possible for them to do a special order?