Is it possible to modify a Baby Rolleiflex 4X4 to accept 135 film?

Discussion in 'Classic Manual Cameras' started by kevin h. y. lui., Mar 17, 2008.

  1. Is it possible to modify a Baby Rolleiflex 4X4 to accept 135 film? The 127
    film is not available any more. I have a Baby Rolleiflex that is stored for
    many years. I want to let it work again. So does anyone know how to modify it
    so as to accept 135 film?
     
  2. Easy, get some 127 spools and respool the 135 onto it. (Loading and unloading in complete darkenss because of lack of backing paper) OR just buy the 127 film from FrugalPhotographer.com. If you don't want the sprockets, and you want other emulsions than the frugal photographer makes, you can slice down 120 film and respool it onto 127 spools. This has the advantage of allowing you to also cut down the backing paper at the same time. There have been many articles about respooling film for 127 cameras here on photo.net, just search the articles. I know in the last 3 years alone there have been dozens and dozens of questions on this topic.
     
  3. P.S. if you respool B&W film you can process it yourself using the same tanks and reels you use for 135 film.
     
  4. There are also folks that cut down 120 film.

    I have a grey baby I've been working on for a while. I would like to shoot and project some 4x4 super slides with it.
     
  5. A method I use when I need an odd size but don't want to try to find the film is to cut up some 4x5 Plus-x (in darkroom) to a size that will fit in the camera. Of course, you only get one shot before reloading, but I've been able to shoot real b/w film again in my 126 cameras without having to resort to buying outdated film on ebay. I'm going to try this again with a couple of 127 cameras later this week and will post results. If you do this, you will have to develop your film in a tray.
     
  6. You can also get 100 foot rolls of Kodak Portra 160NC in the 46mm width, generally for 10% of new cost, on eBay. Reload that into 127 spools and paper. Then you just need someone nice to develop it for you. Any place that can process 120 film can process 127, if they are willing.
     
  7. Cut down your own. It is very easy, and will allow you to use any film you like. Best of all with the Baby Rollei, all you have to do is make sure the film is long enough to take all twelve, as the counter is stared with a film sensor. So, there is never a indexing issue with the numbers on the backing.

    How do you like that finder I sold you?
     
  8. Let's not hear any more talk of this child abuse. "Don't you hurt that BABY" 127 is readily available, Nice camera!
     

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