Yes, 120mm film, the medium format that is so bad-ass it's twice as big as 60mm wide 120 !
"120mm" is my favorite misnomer in the world of photography. You can see it on the shelves of photo store, in the post of both newb and pro photographers, in the catalogs of laboratories, and I'm sure Neil Armstrong exposed a few rolls of 120mm in his Hasselblad camera on the moon!
Every month or so, I patiently train a lab clerk at my local photo store (they rotate a lot, obviously) in the long forgotten lore that pictures on 120 film really are 6 cm wide, not 120mm wide, and that 120 really is a product code.
Surprisingly, very few people say "220mm" but it happens every once in a while you will see it in product list (see these guys, for example: http://www.lozeau.com/services/compt...pement-120220/ or those guys: http://www.borealislab.qc.ca/pdf/liste_de_prix_01.pdf) because the same clerk who did 120mm was told to add "220".
"120mm film" is a testament to the power of words: stronger than truth, easier to remember than reality, more coherent than the external world, and more meaningful than the original.
So what's your favourite misconception in the world of photography?
Using film since before it was hip.
"One of the most singular characters of the hyposulphites, is the property their solutions possess of dissolving muriate of silver and retaining it in considerable quantity in permanent solution" — Sir John Frederick William Herschel, "On the Hyposulphurous Acid and its Compounds." The Edinburgh Philosophical Journal
, Vol. 1 (8 Jan. 1819): 8-29. p. 11
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Whenever you mention infrared film to someone not versed in it, they always assume that means "heat seeing", and then they're disappointed by what it really means..
Or worse yet, that people think they went back and "colorized" all that Kodachrome footage from WWII.
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Me: "I like photography too!"
Anon: "What do you shoot with?"
Me: "Film, howabout you?"
Anon: "Oh! So you, like, make movies then?"
Or my other favorite response "They still make film?"
Oh, and a darkroom is the same as a clean room.
I don't know about anyone else, but the darkroom I work in sure as hell isn't a clean room!
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What bothers me when they spell Canon, Cannon.
Oh man, I was gonna jump in this thread to have a whinge that 120 film is not 120mm only to find that I was being baited
Another one that bugs me (much less common than "120mm") is referring to hypo clearing agent (HCA) as merely "hypo", which is actually fixer, which is what HCA is meant to get rid of!
Where does the term "120" come from?
I really hate tog, i.e when people refer to a photographer.
'lux, 'cron for Summilux and Summicron. Guess it make some of the Leica folks feel like they're part of the in crowd.
Some might say I have a bad attitude! Too bad.