FAK 135 – 135 to 120 Film Adapter Kit

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Convert 35mm film to the size of a 120 film to shoot in medium format cameras! FAK 135 is the Film Adapter Kit that let you load 35mm film in cameras made for the 120 film spools.

The KIT comes with:

  • 2 pairs of adapters for the two 35mm canisters
  • 1 detailed instructions paper

The FAK135 kit comes with 2 pairs of adapters to be mounted on two 135 film canister: one is your new unexposed film, the other is empty and serves as take-up. (NOTE: if you prefer you can use a normal take-up 120 spool instead of the canister, but removing and respooling the film back may be troublesome if you don’t have a dark changing bag). Be sure to put the correct adapter on each canister’s end: one goes on top and one at the bottom, don’t swap them.

GO PANORAMA!

Shot in Venice with 135 film Kodak Gold 200 in Pentax 67 - 35mm film adapted to medium format with the FAK135 kit.
Shot in Venice with 135 film Kodak Gold 200 in Pentax 67 – 35mm film adapted to medium format with the FAK135 kit.

 

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.

NOTE: The FAK135s comes without the film paper starter, but you can make your own by cutting a spare 120 film backing paper. Download the Camerhack 35mm film paper starter template, with all the sizes and features to make your own film stater and convert the FAK135s to FAK135!

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Description

FILM LOADING

  1. Tape the unexposed filmto the used canister.
    Cut the film’s start tomake it straight and attach it to the used canister.Make sure that this canister has a little tail of filmcoming out, so you’ll tape the new film to it (see picture). Wind the first part of the filmuntil the taped part rolls into the canister.
  2. Load the filminto the camera.
    Put the adapters on both the canisters,making sure that they fit precisely in their slots. If they don’t fit, try the other side. Keep the empty canister where there’s the filmadvance knob/lever/crank (depending on the camera). Close the camera and follow the istructions below.

Shooting and frame numbering

IF YOUR CAMERA HAS A CRANK FOR AUTOMATIC FILM WINDING (Hasselblad 500, Pentax 67, Mamiya7, Yashica 635, Kiev 60 …)
Loading and advancing ismore or less automatic: just pretend you’re using 120 film normally.
TIP: At one point the camera will probably think that the film is finished, not allowing you to take more photos. With some cameras it’s easy to cheat the frame counter and shootmore before changing the film: every camera has is secret youmay easily discover in your favorite forums.

IF YOUR CAMERA HAS A RED WINDOW IN THE BACK FOR FRAME COUNTING (Brownies, Holga, old TLR, foldings, boxes…)
First of all you have to cover the red window with black tape to avoid light exposing the filminside the camera. After the film is loaded, close the camera’s back and turn the film advance knob 5 times (10 half turns) so that the film reaches the correct placing for the first photo.

  • On 6×6 and 6×7 cameras you should advance the filmby 4 half turns for every frame until the filmis finished.
  • On a 6×9 camera advance by 5 half turns. For larger cameras advance accordinglymore. Expect some trial and error.

Shooting with a 120 film spool as take-up spool

If you prefer you can use a normal take-up 120 spool instead of the canister, but removing and respooling the film back may be troublesome if you don’t have a dark changing bag. To avoid wasting gthe first part of the film (especially in modern automatic cameras) You can use a paper film starter, like in 120 film. You can make your own by cutting a spare 120 film backing paper. Download the Camerhack 35mm film paper starter template, with all the sizes and features to make your own film leader!

Once you have your paper starter, follow the instructions below.

IF YOUR CAMERA HAS A CRANK FOR AUTOMATIC FILM WINDING (Hasselblad 500, Pentax 67, Mamiya7, Yashica 635, Kiev 60 …)
Loading and advancing is more or less automatic: just pretend you’re using 120 film normally. Even winding the film is straightforward: that’s what the crank is there for!

IF YOUR CAMERA HAS A RED WINDOW IN THE BACK FOR FRAME COUNTING (Brownies, Holga, old TLR, foldings, boxes…)
First of all you have to cover the red window with black tape to avoid light exposing the film inside the camera.
After the film is loaded, close the camera’s back and turn the film advance knob 5 times (10 half turns) so that the film reaches the
correct placing for the first photo.

  • On 6×6 and 6×7 cameras you should advance the film by 4 half turns for every frame until the film is finished.
  • On a 6×9 camera advance by 5 half turns. For larger cameras advance accordingly more. Expect some trial and error.

 

FRAME SIZES

With the 135film in a 120film camera you’ll get panoramic-format photographs with different sizes depending on your camera’s frame size.
There are many formats and standards in the 120 film world, many different cameras that have different frame sizes. With the 135 film in a medium format camera you’ll get panoramic-format photographs with a size of about…
— 3,5x6cm in 6×6 cameras (Hasselblad, Rolleiflex, Yashica 635, TLR…)
— 3,5x7cm in 6×7 cameras (Pentax 67, Mamiya 7, Fuji 6×7…)
— 3,5x9cm with Fuji GSW690 and similar 6×9 cameras
— 3,5x17cm with panoramic Linhof Technorama or Fuji GX617…

The larger the frame, the fewer the pictures will result from a roll of 35mm film. Another variable is the length of the film: the 135 film can have 12, 24, 27, 36 exposures or even more in case of manual bulk respoolings… On a 6×7 camera, a 24 exposures film will give you circa 12 photos 35x70mm. 36 exposures film will give you about 18 photos depending on the type of camera.

 

More details and caveats are on the instruction paper that comes with the kit!

Additional information

Weight 0.2 kg
Dimensions 15 × 10 × 3 cm
FAK135

Two pairs of 135 to 120 adapters.

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