120 to 130 Film Adapter Kit
With FAK130 you can shoot 120 film in 130 film cameras. With the 120 film in a 130 film camera you’ll get 5 panoramic-format photographs with a massive size of about 12x6cm (4⅞ x 2½ inches).
The KIT comes with four adapters, two for each spool in the camera.
The kit also includes 4 white round extenders that are needed if your camera is BOX Brownie Camera or similar. In these cameras the spool has to be of a specific diameter for a perfect alignment between the film advance mechanism and the spool’s hole. To couple the exagonal adapters with its round extensions, press them hard through the hole until they are perfectly aligned on the flat end (i.e. where there’s the metal part).
The one with a different hole is the “Key Adapter”. The Key Adapter features a 1mm laser-cut stainless steel flange that perfectly reproduce the same hole that’s in the original 130 spool. This adapter will engage with the camera’s film advance crank.
- Load the the empty spool (take-up spool) with two adapters mounted at both ends, making sure that the Key Adaper corresponds to the camera’s film advance knob.
- Mount the other two adapters on the unexposed film and put it in the camera.
- Insert the paper leader into the take-up spool and roll up a little until it’s well engaged.
FILM WINDING & FRAME NUMBERING
Start winding the film until you see the big vertical arrow, then close your camera.
- Turn the film advance key 8 times* (16 half turns) to reach frame 1.
- After the first photo is taken, advance the film by 3 knob’s turns (or 6 half turns), and do this for photo 2, 3, 4, and 5 (the last one).
- Wind until the end of the film and unload the camera: the empty spool becomes the take-up spool.
- Remount the adapters like before and start shooting again.
NOTES: To reach the frame #1 you should verify the correct number of turns with a spare 120 film backing paper: depending on the camera type (box or folding) the number of needed turns may change. A little trial and error is to be expected.
FILM ADAPTER KIT 130 & COMPATIBLE CAMERAS
Load normal 120 film in ANY Kodak camera made for the 130 film:
— No.2-C Autographic Kodak Junior
— No.2-C Autographic Kodak Special w/coupled rangefinder
— No.2-C Brownie
— No.2-C Folding Autographic Brownie
— No.2-C Pocket Kodak
— No.2-C Autographic Kodak Series III
— Kodak Cartridge Premo No.2-C
— Kodak Folding Cartridge Premo No.2-C
— No.2-C Pocket Kodak Special
If your camera has not been used for a long time, check that it’s mechanisms are still smooth… Abandoned cameras’ cranks can become very tight. If the rotation is hard, it means that something is blocking it. It is always a good idea to load a fresh roll of film in place of the take-up spool and try some rotations to make sure that the spool turns flawlessly. If the winding is difficult then there is a problem that could damage the camera. BE CAREFUL.
SHIPMENT methods and times
You can select the preferred shipping method at the checkout page: Registered Mail with tracking, or Priority Mail without tracking. Usually the kits are shipped within a few days, but sometimes it takes a little longer: all kits are produced in small batches, assembled and tested one by one. Check the FAQ page for details.