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120 Roll Film


Willpower 11 523 United Kingdom
11 Oct 2021 2:03PM
I've recently had an Agfa Billy Record 4.5 (1936) camera given to me. It has an Apotar 105mm f4.5 lens and a Prontor ll shutter.
I am an experienced DSLR user, Chairman of Camera Club, have used 35mm, but have never shot on roll film. (Portfolio)
I have cleaned this camera up and it has intrigued me sufficiently to consider running a roll of film though it to see how it has fared through the years. It is now 85 years old and I'd like to give it a chance.
My question is, supply of 120 roll film. Where can I buy some and where to get them processed ?
I know there are several online companies that can process 120, but has anyone used them and can recommend.

TIA
sherlob Plus
16 3.3k 133 United Kingdom
11 Oct 2021 3:25PM
I bought my last - Fuji 100 - from Amazon. Do you have a spare 120 spool? Remember that with 120 film you wind the film from one spool to the next so you'll need a spool in the camera to wind on to. Once you've finished the film it will be fully wound to the old spool and you stick the tab down to keep it fixed. The spool from the film just used then becomes the next spool you'll use.
Willpower 11 523 United Kingdom
11 Oct 2021 3:28PM
Yes, thanks. I understood about spool to spool transfer and the camera does have an empty spool in situ.
Where did you get your film processed ?
sherlob Plus
16 3.3k 133 United Kingdom
11 Oct 2021 7:34PM
Itís been a long while and Iíve only just begun to shoot 120 again (when I find my pesky light meter). C41ís used to be my goto place in Chester. The store has closed but I note a company by the same name is on the web so Iíll likely give them a go.
Just Jas Plus
20 26.4k 1 England
31 Oct 2021 11:41AM
Two labs to try at competitive prices. Ag Photo Labs, and Harman Lab (Ilford). I use each of these labs for both 120 and 35mm film processing. Free film posting envelopes can be obtained from them or download a post paid label

They will also sell you film to use.

I regularly use an Agfa Isolette II 120 6x6 camera of about the the era.

Hope this helps,
jas
pablophotographer 11 2.1k 431
24 Nov 2021 12:22AM
Check Peak Imaging too.
Railcam 16 952 2 Scotland
24 Nov 2021 10:51AM
Have a look at Analogue Wonderland's website. They deal exclusively in film photography.

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