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    What film for toy camera?

    I just picked up a Time Traveler 120 from a thrift shop for $10. It's a box camera from the 50s that shoots 6x9 120 film. I can't find any specs about it online, but I did measure the box and the focal length looks to be 90mm and the aperture looks to be 6mm which would be about f15. I have no idea what the shutter speed is now after 60 years or what it was originally designed to be.

    What do you think would be a b&w film with a lot of latitude and a vintage feel?
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    HP5+ ?

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    The shutter speed will likely be about 1/25-50 or so, on most box cameras the trip shutters seem to hold speed as long as they function. A film that will give an vintage feeling result is Efke, you should be able to get a usable negative outdoors with the 100.
    That's just, like, my opinion, man...

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    Why not color slide film and a little cross processing for the fun of it?

    All in all, shoot some Plus-X.

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    I would recommend the same film I would recommend for any other camera--Tmax 400. You will be 2 stops over exposed in the sunlight (no big deal) but have lots of latitude.
    f/22 and be there.

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    Adox CHS Art or Efke (same emulsion as Adox, but in a different box) is similar to some Adox 1950s emulsions.
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    Thanks for the shutter speed info on box cameras, JBrunner, that helps a lot. Sounds like I need to be at 100 iso to give me some leeway +-2 stops. My local lab does Kodak better than some of the exotics (I don't develop my own yet). So, I think I'll give T-Max 100 a try on the first roll.

    No way am I going to use slide film on the first roll. I tried that once with some Fuji Provia 400 with a camera that had a working light meter, but it was off by 2 stops (unbeknownst to me). Got nothing back but clear slides.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 2F/2F View Post
    Adox CHS Art or Efke (same emulsion as Adox, but in a different box) is similar to some Adox 1950s emulsions.
    I have been using Efke 25 in my Brownie Hawkeye with good results. I really like the old style films in this camera. I may try a roll of Ektar100 in the camera, just for fun.
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    I think Plus-X is a good idea for your first roll. Not too expensive, and very tolerant of overexposure.

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    Another vote for Plus-X! Awesome film!
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