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    220 B&W - What to do?

    Now that 220 TXP is gone, what are we to do for a 220 B&W film?

    I have about 10 rolls of TXP 220 in the freezer but I use it in my 220 6x9 back in my Cambo 23SF so it won't last long. I also use it with my M645 1000s with the 35mm lens.

    First we lost 70mm DP B&W and now 220 B&W is also gone.

    I see that there is some interest in 70mm DP HP5 (PLEASE MAKE IT!!!!!!!!!!).

    So what is the plan for ANY 220 B&W film? I know Ilford can't do it (too costly to re-hab their 220 machine) so it's Kodak or Fuji.

    Any others will to commit to a buy of 220 B&W film? I will commit to 100 rolls minimum of a 400 speed B&W film.
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    I had a thought the other day that you probably could roll 220 yourself. Basically 220 has no backing except for the start and end. If you got a 220 roll then took two 120 rolls taped them together and tape that long roll to the leaders from your 220 roll that would be it. The only disadvantage would be that a frame in the middle would be ruined by the tape- so you would have to determine what frame that is and be sure to skip it. If you used 70mm film and cut it a bit you could make 220 rolls without the taped frame problem above.

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    I'd be in for 100 rolls myself. I highly doubt we could make it happen though.
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    In my case, we bought a Seitz Roundshot 220VR and need longer than 120 for single frames (!) sometimes. For now color will suffice ...
    - Jeff (& sometimes Eva, too) - http://www.jeffbannow.com

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    start using 120, simple answer to a simple problem...

    and safe travels home from Iraq, Tony!

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    Buy outdated while its available is the only option.
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    I was looking through a box of old photo stuff today and came across a 220 back for the Hasselblad. I wish I had sold that years ago when I sold the cameras and lenses.... not much value now.
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    Perfectly good 220 film is still being made.
    No 220 B&W, true. But the 220 back isn't a fussy eater...

    But if you think your 220 back is of no value, i'll happily give it a new home.

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    The last time I attended a one year old's birthday party, I shot 220.

    It was colour, but it was 220.

    Solution - shoot more colour!
    Matt

    “Photography is a complex and fluid medium, and its many factors are not applied in simple sequence. Rather, the process may be likened to the art of the juggler in keeping many balls in the air at one time!”

    Ansel Adams, from the introduction to The Negative - The New Ansel Adams Photography Series / Book 2

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    Quote Originally Posted by aoresteen View Post
    I see that there is some interest in 70mm DP HP5 (PLEASE MAKE IT!!!!!!!!!!).
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    Going over the ground we covered before, Harman are quite prepared to make 70mm, but they won't stock it; they want a dealer to act as a backer. The quantity involved isn't outrageous, but on a time-delimited product there have to be more users prepared to take a few rolls. Which means all the closet 70mm people with their freezers full of old deleted emulsions should invest a little in keeping the format alive. See the start of the 70mm thread running now.

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