Try that with Shanghai GP3................
Originally Posted by railwayman3
I recently bought a 30's Zeiss super Ikonta with two red windows with no door like the later models. They look pretty tired so I've covered them in blu tack now it has film in it, not ideal!
My question is, what's the use of the first film window? the windows are on the same level and the camera only does 6x4.5. I've wound on so that the '1' came up in the second window, is that correct?
I haven't managed to use it properly yet as you can tell.
When Kodak made the old Box Brownie which I have, I don't think they envisaged that a user would buy anything but Kodak films. (We might have no choice but to use film from China before too long.....).
Originally Posted by analog what is that?
Originally Posted by MacReady
I am not an expert in classic camera, and have no experience with 2 ruby window camera (Pre WW II) so it may be better to consult who knows better about this, but I can help you to give you a basic idea.
1. You first wind the film to get the first number "1" to the "First" window.
2. Expose (first shot).
3. Then you wind the film to get the first number "1" to the "Second" window.
4. Expose (second shot).
5. Then you wind the film to get the second number "2" to the "First" window.
6. Expose (third shot).
7. And so on.
You have to figure out which window is the First one and the Second one by your self (looking at the camera and/or by unwinding scrap film).
I bet you know but normally, you need some work to do for old classic cameras.
Note that in the very early days of 120 film, there was only 6x9 markings on the back paper (which was the orginal format for Brownie 2 box camera in 1901).
I don't know when actualy the 6x6 and 6x4.5 markings was added to the 120 type film.
That was a problem for Rollei when they first introduced their very early original Rolleiflex camera, since that camera only accept type 117 film that had a 6x6 markings.
At that time, 117 film was unpopular film.
Rollei found to solve the problem by adopting a auto-stop mechanism into their TLR, and allowed it to accept 120 type film that was readily available, and that helped the Rollei cameras to get popular.
After that some camera manufacturer requested film maker to add 6x6 markings on the 120 film (I have heard it was Zeiss IIRC), and then 6x6 marking was added to type 120 film.
I don't know nothing about when or how the 6 x 4.5 marking was added to 120 type film.
APUG Antiques and Collecting forum may be a better place to discuss about these queries.
Well, you have to be pleased by fact that even today such companies like Kodak and Fuji are still making 120 type color films that can be used for very old cameras.
Actually, Fuji has recently decreased the price of the 120 format Pro160NS color negative film in the Japanese market (about 20% lower price than before) without any official notice from Fuji.
A lot of cameras came with two red windows, one on top of the other, I have several, and they are either one for 6/9 and one for 6/6with two masks in the film plane for the 6/6, or one for 6/6 with one for 645, again with masks in the film plane, over the years the masks get lost, unless they are hinged, for the 6/6 option on 6/6 645 cameras use the top window for 6/6 and lower for 645, and for 6/9 6/6 the 6/6 window is the top window.
Originally Posted by MacReady
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I should have added a picture to begin with, would have made this easier! Thanks for the information Jun, it led to me searching about 117 film where I found this
It needs a test roll through to see if it even works properly anyway so I will see what happens when I develop it. The body is in a state but I've cleaned the rangefinder and the shutter appears to fire correctly so we shall see!
and why the first 4.5×6 cameras like the Ikonta A had two red windows to control the film advance, using each of the numbers for 6×9 twice.
Thanks for the help.
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I have the same Super Ikonta. Modern 120 film has three rows of numbers printed on the backing paper: 1-8 for 6x9, 1-12 for 6x6, and 1-16 for 6x4.5. The windows on your camera are at the level where they show the 1-8 row of numbers. The way to use the camera is to wind it until #1 appears in the first window and take the first shot. For the second shot, wind until #1 appears in the second window. Repeat for #'s 2 through 8.
You have a great little camera. Enjoy it.
To address the green window question: the only reason you "can" use a green filter when developing by inspection is that our eyes are most sensitive to green, so it minimizes the time needed to inspect it, which should be very short indeed. It has nothing to do with the film's spectral response.
And the mightiest of them all, the Foth Derby, sometimes has two of each. Oh, the luxury!
Originally Posted by Clay2
For this 6x4.5 camera, you'll see frame numbers 1-8, although the camera takes 16 photos.
Essentially, you get 2 photos per frame number (2x8).
Wind until "1" appears in the first window. Take your photo. Wind until "1" appears in the second window. Take your photo. Wind until "2" appears in the first window. Take your photos and so on.
Some (but not all) of the 6x9 cameras would accept a mask in the film chamber that allowed you to take 6x4.5 photos. For Zeiss Ikon cameras, the 6x9 camera will accept the mask if there are two windows. If there is just one window, then this is a 6x9 camera only.