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    Box Cameras

    I am more or less "anti-Holga." I think they are overpriced for what they are. But, I still want to get a Holga-esque look, but without spending $30 for something that fogs film and the like.

    So, are there any readily available box cameras that use 120 film? I have a Kodak Target Six-20 that I have used a few times, but it's a bit of a pain to re-roll the film to get it to work. I'm considering selling it and buying a box camera that can use 120 film outright. Any suggestions?

    Thanks!

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    look for an agfa sure shot
    they took 120 film ..

    you might also look here: http://www.boxcameras.com/
    for some ideas as well.

    good luck!

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    John:

    Thanks. Do you know if anyone still makes box cameras?

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    Also, the Zeiss Ikon Box Tengors also took 120 film. There are prewar and postwar models.

    However, the Goerz Frontar lens on the Box Tengor might be too sharp for what you want.

    You could always look for an inexpensive Agfa, Zeiss Ikon (Nettar or Ikonta), Balda or Welti folder. The Voigtlander folding cameras currently are unjustifiably expensive.

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    I've just started playing with a
    Brownie Hawkeye. It needs a
    620 take-up spool but you can
    load it with 120 film -- the 120
    spools will fit in the film chamber.

    A number of older Brownies take
    120 film. I believe that all of the
    No. 2 Brownies, including the Beau
    Brownie, use 120 film.

    Brofkand asks for a camera that
    makes a Holga-like negative. You
    can flip a Brownie's meniscus lens
    for a very cool look. I'm attaching
    a shot I just took using a Brownie
    Hawkeye with a flipped lens onto
    120 Tri-X roll film.
    Attached Thumbnails Attached Thumbnails VanessaBrownie02adj.jpg  

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    It's hard for me to concentrate on the whole picture.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dried_squid View Post
    It's hard for me to concentrate on the whole picture.
    Yes, well, thats ok, I remember what things were like when I was 14.

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    No.2 Brownies won't give you a holga look at all. They were designed to give more or less full, sharp coverage of a 6x9 negative.
    Holgas aren't really as bad as you might think. The fogging/lightleaks normally comes from rolls being rolled improperly. Once you learn to very carefully line up the backing paper on the takeup spool (and get a new holga that has the little foam inserts to give you better spool tension), you should get very few light leaks. This set of photos were taken with my old holga that i've glued foam into the, um, full spool end for lack of a better term. I loaded and unloaded it in normal light, sent it through the post to a lab for development etc. http://www.flickr.com/photos/fishies...7607747060754/
    These are examples of Brownie No.2 photos http://www.flickr.com/photos/fishies...7607747320758/
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    I actully just picked up 2 box cameras for eBay. They're LF box cams...I've never heard of them till I stumbled on them the other day. The sellers listed them as 4X5 but I think they're actually plate cameras of some sort. I paid Holga like prices and expect Holga like results so they'll be something fun to mess with.

    Antique Pre 1900 Box Camera;




    Vintage 4x5 Sears & Roebuck Perfection Camera:


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    Look for box cameras using 120 film at garage sales and swap meets. There were literally hundreds of different makes available.
    [FONT=Comic Sans MS]Films NOT Dead - Just getting fixed![/FONT]

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