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    Best 120 box camera?

    I have a Kodak Brownie Six-20, and it's a fun little toy, but it can't take 120 film, and I'm tired of re-spooling. I tried loading a 120 roll, and it ripped the last 2 frames and creased the third to last frame, as it somehow got really tight towards the end.

    So, I know that there are box cameras out there which take 120, and are built to a higher quality than the Brownie, perhaps even better aperture options or even some kind of rudimentary scale focusing device?

    Also, I'm not talking about some kind of hard-to-find prototype. Ideally, something I can pick up for less than $50 ($30 would be even better).

    The ripped film gave me some interesting developing artifacts, but honestly, I'm still annoyed by it.
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    120 box camera; a Rolleiflex comes to mind. But, finding 1 for $30 might be a bit difficult. I have a Spartacus (sp?) 120 box camera I've used from time to time; a tlr bakelite with 4 aperatures and 2-shutter speeds and a plastic lens that is rather soft. But on a tripod using some b&w in the ASA 10-25 range yields some really nice period looking photos and I enjoyed the results sometimes better than when using either the Rollei or Bronica with their sharper more contrasty lenses.

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    agfa shurshot ( on ebay now )

    mayfair made a beautiful box with a portrait diopter ( on ebay now )

    if you make a shim of cardboard you can use a kodak 1A and regular old 120 film instead of 116 film

    just go to ebay and type in "box camera" + "116 film" or just "box camera" and you will find them ...
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    Inside the Brownie I think there's a little tab that interferes with the larger 120 spool. Get rid of the tab and 120 works fine.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Two23 View Post
    Inside the Brownie I think there's a little tab that interferes with the larger 120 spool. Get rid of the tab and 120 works fine.


    Kent in SD
    After talking with a guy who said you can fit a 120 spool in a Brownie Hawkeye I tried it...you can put it in, but because the pins that it's supposed to ride on are a smaller diameter than for 120 it tends to drag on the camera instead of smoothly rotating. I used a 620 spool for takeup and tried it out...the takeup spool kept popping out of place because I was putting a ton of force on it trying to get the film spool to turn. It did fit, but wasn't going to function. I respooled it on a 620 spool and it worked fine. or as much as I shoot with it, respooling isn't a big deal. I also have an Ansco Sureflash that belonged to my mom when she was a kid. Takes 120 and shoots fine. Pictures look about the same as what comes out of a Brownie. Build quality is somewhere between cardboard and plastic, but it's lasted this long so it must be reasonably tough...

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    I've got a brownie box camera that was made for 120. Interested? I think I paid 40.00 for it in an apug fundraiser a while back.

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    Yeah my hawkeye from hawkeyemods.com used standard 120 but requires a 620 take up spool, which works well for me.

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    I like the last version of the Zeiss Ikon Box Tengor.

    http://es.wikipedia.org/wiki/Archivo...tengor_sst.jpg

    I picked up mine in superb condition on ebay for about $30. Superbly crafted, and much fun to use!

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    I don't know about "best", but I have a lot of fun with my Agfa Synchro Box, and my JEM JR. I think they were about $10 each.

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    Instead of respooling, have you tried trimming the flanges with scissors? That usually works for me and I find it easier and quicker than respooling.
    As for a 120 box camera, try the Ansco Shur-Flash. They take 120 natively.

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