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Monday, August 27, 2012

Lomography Monday: how to use 35mm film in a 620mm camera

Hello, everyone! As we posted a couple of weeks ago, we found some awesome vintage cameras in thrift shops in Montana. The previous post with all three of the cameras is HERE. One of our treasures is Kodak Duaflex IV which we're going to talk about today.

kodak duaflex IV
kodak duaflex
kodaka duaflex IV
kodak duaflex IV flash
kodak duaflex kit


When we found it we didn't know much about it and bought it just because it looked awesome and we love trying everything "new". :-) When we read about it we discovered that the original versions of Kodak Duaflex were available from December 1947 - September 1950 in the US, and 1949-1955 in the UK. This particular one that we got is IV series from 1957. It's a twin-lens reflex camera. It takes 6x6 (or 2.25x2.25 inch) pictures on 620 film. This type of film is no longer produced so we had a few choices: to use the camera as a display; to re-spool 120 film onto a 620 spool; to use some tricks and shoot with 35mm film. The first option is not an option at all. If a camera could work we'll find a way to use it. So, yes, 120 film can be re-spooled onto a 620 spool. IF you have two 620 spools: one for the film and one for the take-up spool in the camera. Our Duaflex had only one 620 spool inside. We could order another one on Ebay I guess. There are many instructions and how-to's about re-spooling techniques online (like HERE and HERE). It's very simple.

....but we decided to go with a harder option, we learned how to use 35 mm film in a 620 Kodak Duaflex! I did almost everything the same way as in THIS video manual on Youtube and then we shot a roll during a couple of sunny days outside. In our local photo lab we had our film developed and scanned. It was scanned on a regular flat scanner, that's why the quality is not so great. But the negatives are really good and I can always re-scan them better later. It was a surprise that we actually did get some shots and this technique was useful. And I am so very-very proud of it! I'm so glad we did what we did and we made this camera work with 35mm! I especially love the sprocket holes on our pictures. Here's what we got:

35 mm in 620 camera
how to use 35mm in 620 camera


Magic! :-) Next time we'll only have our film developed in the lab and we'll scan it and color correct ourselves.

PS: haha i laughed when i saw the photo of me in a classic ghost pose in the park. I have no idea how i managed to make it hahaha Believe me it was just a normal sunny day and we went to a park to have lunch!

PPS: there's a Polaroid camera giveaway at Kitsunetsuki! Don't miss a chance!

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9 comments:

LoveT. said...

Wow ,that looks great! Love the Photos ,lovely Effects :)
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Nice Greetings from Austria :)

Amy said...

Those look fantastic!
and "ghost pose" that was my first thought when i saw that picture, hilarious! :)

therebelchick said...

Wow, those came out so cool!

Megan Elizabeth said...

Those are so cool! i never knew you could use 35mm film in a 620mm camera. I'm definitely gonna have to try this one.

Katie and Reuben said...

Wow, those shots are great! and the camera is lovely. Reuben and I always look at the old cameras in vintage shops and thrift stores but have always been too scared to buy them, incase they don't work. I think we're going to have to start taking the risk and giving them a go!

Katie x

Sara said...

Wow, such a great/interesting post! I'm super impressed with your ambition and success....maybe next time I'm at the thrift store I'll check out the camera selection. Can't wait to see more camera adventures!

-Sara, Road to the Heart

Katherine / Of Corgis and Cocktails said...

your blog keeps getting cooler. i love this. i love using old cameras - the photos turned out great. i have a bunch of film to develop - i should go do that!

<3 katherine
of corgis and cocktails

Harri Davison said...

Really interesting post, photos look great! xxx

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Christen said...

I have this same exact camera! I'm glad you guys had positive results, I'm going to try this!

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