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620/120 Film

Date: Mon, 25 May 1998 18:30:37 -0400
                                    From: (Terry Price 
                                    Subject: re-rolling 620 film
                                    I found the following on the web and thought it was worth sharing.
                                    Rolling 120 Film Onto a 620 Spindle
                                    by Al Thompson
                                    All of the on-line instructions I've seen for rolling 120 onto 620 spindles
                                    are techniques for doing it the
                                    hard way. I don't roll the film first onto an intermediate spool, then onto
                                    the 620 spindle. All I do is pull
                                    the film and its backing off the 120 spool and let it curl naturally into a
                                    palm-sized roll, without a spool.
                                    As I reach the end of the 120 spool (it's easy to tell by feel) I hang onto
                                    the tab of the paper leader as it
                                    comes out of the slot in the 120 spool. Then I pick up the 620 spool
                                    (conveniently placed for location in
                                    the dark) and by running my finger along the axle it is easy to tell which
                                    of the two sides has the longer
                                    slot. I insert the leader tab into the longer slot as far as it will go and
                                    feel it come out on the other side.
                                    Then I start winding according to the natural curl of the Paper. After a
                                    short length of paper is wound
                                    onto the spool the gummed tab for taping the exposed film roll presents
                                    itself and I keep rolling, letting it
                                    stay where it is. After a few more inches of rolling, the loose end of the
                                    film will present itself. Avoid
                                    touching the film as much as possible and sandwich it onto the roll along
                                    with the paper backing, and
                                    keep on rolling. Make sure the paper and film stay aligned between the
                                    spindle ends, and wind the whole
                                    thing with the least slack possible.
                                    Presently you will come to the leading edge of the film, which will be
                                    taped to the paper backing. Due to
                                    principals of geometry and rewinding that I needn't go into, the paper and
                                    film lengths will not be exactly
                                    matched where they are taped together. The film will be slightly longer and
                                    it will have to be separated
                                    from its backing and repositioned before rolling can continue. Slip your
                                    finger between the film and the
                                    paper and untape them. The tape will remain attached along the edge of the
                                    film. Don't worry about
                                    retaping them. If you just continue winding, the film will retape itself
                                    properly to the paper. The
                                    repositioning will not be enough to affect the alignment of the frame
                                    numbers on the back of the film.
                                    Continue winding until all of the paper leader is on the spool. Tuck the
                                    leader tab under and put a rubber
                                    band on the rewound spool to keep it in place until it is ready for the camera.
                                    What I have just described sounds more complicated than it really is. Years
                                    ago I did my first one
                                    successfully without any instructions at all, just doing what came
                                    naturally. After you do the first one the
                                    next one will be easy. I find that I can do a roll in about five minutes. I
                                    also find that Fuji and Ilford
                                    films are easier to rewind than Kodak because their paper doesn't tend to
                                    crinkle as easily or tend to ride
                                    up and over the spool ends. Just remember not to start with sweaty hands,
                                    and try not to touch the film
                                    anywhere except along the sides. Also, it would be a good idea to let your
                                    eyes have about five minutes to
                                    adjust to the dark to make sure no stray light is getting into the
                                    darkroom. Not having a darkroom, I use
                                    the bathroom at night with the house lights turned off, a towel across the
                                    opening at the bottom of the
                                    door, and opaque curtains drawn across the window. I detect no light, even
                                    after waiting a few minutes
                                    for my eyes to adjust, and have never fogged a film.
                                    Al Thompson, Huntington Beach, CA

Date: Mon, 25 May 1998 18:42:18 +0100
                                    From: John Gaasland 
                                    Thanks  Al. One question, from your directions, it sounds like there is
                                    tape at both ends! You must start the process with the untaped end,
                                    since that in the end of the roll. John.

Date: Wed, 27 May 1998 08:55:58 -0700
                                    For respoolers out there here is a short list of the cameras that take
                                    both 120 and 620. Using them as spooling machines gives a nice
                                    tight roll: Argus E, Foldex, Universal I & II TLRs. As long as the film
                                    transport is ok even a trashed one works fine. Check the "junk
                                    boxes" at swap for sources. Also,  I just picked up a "620
                                    Adapt-a-Roll" back for my Baby Speed Graphic which may be the
                                    best respooler of all. It feeds from a 620 or 120 roll, but only takes
                                    up on a 620. These however, are getting scarce and a little pricey.
                                    The ACG web site has an earlier discussion of the process I use
                                    for respooling, but maybe someone can come up with something
                                    more elegant.  It would be interesting to know if anyone has found
                                    other dual 620/120 models, meanwhile... save those 620 spools.
                                    From: Ken Lomax