Rollfilm formats

by Shalom

Kodak used to make a whole lot of roll film formats. The apparent reason was, there weren't any enlargers back then, so everything was contact printed; if you wanted a bigger print, you had to use a bigger negative. 122 is the largest roll I've ever shot, but they once made stuff up to half-plate size (115, 6-3/4" x 4-3/4", discontinued before 1949).

There was a while I went through a phase when I was trying to get my hands on one of every size; wound up with 828, 127, 120/620, 116/616, 130 and 122. Still trying for a 118 (3-1/4 x 4-1/4); the rare occasions when a 123 (4x5 rollfilm) comes up for auction, it's generally out of my price range.

(I also have my grandfather's old Speed Graphic. That uses either 4x5 cut film holders or film packs, but the packs were discontinued following the retirement of the two blind women in their 80s who were last two folks at Kodak who knew how to assemble them...)

Posted on Oct 16, 2011, 8:36 AM

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