I've just covered the window on a 126 cartridge and counted the exposures. Lining up the indexing holes with the holes or slots on the paper isn't easy in the dark. My next test will be to cut off the bottom of the paper so this isn't an issue. I don't think there will be any light leaks. (My two 126 cameras have sentimental value so I will not remove the indexing pin - plus on these cameras the pin has to function for the camera to work.)
Yes, unperfed 35mm film would be nice for the 126 :)
...or even better a 126 perfed roll if that's somehow possible... Unperfed stock is sometimes available from various sources.
What about 828, let's get crazy in here! :)
not perforated 35mm is the basic ingredient for 126, and 828. Unperforated 16mm would be ideal for 110.
I wonder if the process allows winding rolls while bypassing the perforator.
I am not sure if they sold any of the uncut 120 backing paper last time. Cutting it down may work, but I believe that the edges get treated to make them conform to the spool, so just re-slitting 120 paper may not be sufficient unless the camera is loaded and unloaded in the dark. I understand that if Ilford had any 126 and 110 filling equipment it is long gone. Can't remember ever seeing 126 or 110 Ilford film in the stores here in canada
You can re-roll cut 120, usually the edges might get slight fog, but it doesn't usually enter the image area, and if it did it would only be the first frame really...
I thought it was the finishing machine as they can't do 220 which uses the same paper size
And if you are ULF there is still
1). I bought 2 * 100 feet of the 120 backing paper during the ULF 2013 run.
2). I also bought 2 * 50 feet of 70mm unperforated HP5+.
3). I slit 150 cm lengths of the 70mm film down to a width of approximately 60.5mm using a home made slitter.
4). Using the 120 backing paper I made "tops" and "tails" and printed my own "start" mark on the "tops"; each unit of 120 backing paper will furnish two 220 "tops" and two 220 "tails".
5). Thus the process of making 220 roll film from the above is very easy.
6). If bulk lengths of 120 rolls were made available in the ULF 2014 run (these are presumably available in-house during the standard 120 rollfilm production anyway), 3) above could be eliminated; this step is anyway the most finicky and potentially error prone.
Therefore, could 120 bulk lengths be included within or without the annual ULF run?
I got reams of 120 and 220 backing paper from resently developed film in my paper recycling bag, so I could also make a slitter and get 70mm in the ULF but id prefer 120 film in 100 foot roll if the 120 film backing surface will survive my 220 pressure plates...
Most pro cameras post '65 (?) would accept 220 so a bulk reel of 61mm might even be a commercial option.