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    Easiest 120 cameras to convert to 6x6 pinhole

    Hello,

    I recently converted a Brownie Hawkeye flash to a pinhole - it takes great pictures and even takes 120 film but the take up spool just HAS to be 620. Which kind of throws the spanner in my plan of only taking a pinhole camera and a small tripod on a trip as I only have 2 620 spools.

    Hence my search for the most convenient 6x6 pinhole camera continues. Ideally it would have the following "features":

    Easy to take apart and remove the lens

    A bulb feature would be nice, but usually I just remove the whole shutter system and device some sort of a lens cap, so preferably the shutter system would be less complicated than my Brownie Twin-20, for example.

    120 FILM in 6x6 (I prefer it to 6x9, somehow)

    A waist level finder would make it perfect!

    Any suggestions, tips would be greatly appreciated. I seem to remember a database that listed brownies by film type, but can't find it now.

    Many thanks,
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    what about a cheap 6x6 folder? Get one with a bad lens and bellows, take the lens out and tape the bellows over. Since I bought an agfa isolete in good condition for 12 bucks from a store, I can't imagine busted ones being too expensive

    You woulnd't have a WL finder, but you'd have a window to compose if you kept the focal lenght the same.

    André

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    Quote Originally Posted by Anupam Basu
    120 FILM in 6x6 (I prefer it to 6x9, somehow)

    A waist level finder would make it perfect!
    I have a Kiev 88 with a blown shutter curtain that might work. You would have to use the dark slide as a shutter, but it does include a WL finder. PM if you are interested.
    JeffW.

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    folders are great to convert, and if you want a superwide angle you can hack off the bellows part, put a cover over the hole and put a pinhole right on the body.

    heres'a 6x9 conversion:
    http://f295.tompersinger.com/cgi-bin...m,m=1132709228

    could make one from scratch:
    http://f295.tompersinger.com/cgi-bin...m,m=1116615408
    or
    http://f295.tompersinger.com/cgi-bin...m,m=1103650926

    Ansco Sure-Shot
    http://f295.tompersinger.com/cgi-bin...m,m=1109524848

    convert a lubitel:
    http://www.creativegalleries.com/duc.../lubitel.shtml

    intructions that work for about any vintage box camera
    http://www.creativegalleries.com/duc...intage-Box.htm

    and one more:
    http://www.creativegalleries.com/duc...the-farm.shtml

    good luck!
    Tom
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    A,

    620 film is still available try J & C.

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    Polaroid is hard to beat. Below copied / pasted from an earlier post:

    A little more seriously, for a really wide look, get the polaroid back from an old CRT / oscilloscope camera from ebay (they used 108 / 665 film packs) and cobble a pin hole about an inch in front of the film.

    http://tonopahpictures.0catch.com/021502/pinhole0.jpg

    http://tonopahpictures.0catch.com/021502/pinhole5.jpg

    I should add the "Tonopah Nevada" script is on the bottom of an antique Coca Cola bottle about an inch in front of the pinhole.
    He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep..to gain that which he cannot lose. Jim Elliot, 1949

    http://tonopahpictures.0catch.com

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    a zone plate fits right into the shutter of a lubitell 166

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    Quote Originally Posted by Elox
    I have a Kiev 88 with a blown shutter curtain that might work. You would have to use the dark slide as a shutter, but it does include a WL finder. PM if you are interested.
    If you don't donate the camera for pinholes, I remember that the cost to replace the shutter on my old Salyut was not too bad. I can look up the guy who did it (Eddie something in NYC. Rumored to be a former worker in the Kiev factory).

    Matt

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    For 6x9, maybe a Century Graphic which seems to be priced much cheaper today then before. Of course it will still cost alot more then your average cheap folder, but lens boards are available undrilled and the bellows can be moved for whatever pinhole FL you want. 6x9 rollfilm backs, cutfilm holders and 2x3 film are available. I've decided to turn mine into a pinhole so thats why I suggest this camera. In the 120 realm of cameras there are it seems a million, so just find something cheap with a good bellows and go from there. A Holga might also be the ticket.

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    I recently sent a Balda Baldinexxe or some such rubbish to Donald Qualls. I thought it took great pictures when I sent it, He of course broke it down and made it better. The point being is this camera cost about 4 bucks on EPay and has not a bellows to let light through, but a can that pops out with a shutter on the end of it with 'b' settings. The lens was pure crap (unless you like Holgas) and the pinhole gave sharper photos. I took some great picts with it and 50 speed Fuji Velvia. That's the best 120 pinhole I have seen. I have also used my 2 1/4 speed but no better results and a lot heavier.

    tim in san jose
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