new life for a 126 camera

Discussion in 'Extreme, Retro, Instant and More' started by walter_degroot, Mar 27, 2013.

  1. most 126 cameras are pretty simple and can be replaced with a thrift store all plastic camera.
    but a few were better and pobiibly worth trying to use.
    but the last 126 film has been sold or used.
    and the single peroration on the original film makes it hard to use bulk 35mm film.
    has anyone gone thru the process of using 35mm bulk film in a 126.
    it would involve opening a plastic cartridge without destroying it.
    BUT what after that? any schemes for not using an old 125 cartridge?
    here are the basics but has anyone gone beyond this
    I still see more of the same
    maybe there si NO improved or advanced method
    I did run into Micah's post on pop photo
    the above link is so dated.
  4. The best of the 126 cameras were the Zeiss Ikon Contaflex 126, Rollei 26, Kodak Instamatic Reflex, Ricoh 126C, Instamatic 500 and a few others.
    At one time in the late '70s and early '80s people were making lamps out of box cameras so use your Instamatics to make a retro photo lamp.
    And a bunch of old slides that never turned out right can be linked together to make a lampshade. Sounds stupid but it looked good when the host did it on the "She's Crafty" show (
  5. the BETTER instamatics we have a yashica ezmatic may not have had exposure control
    thru the notch in the cartridge. we used color neg slides were over expossed.
    at that time there seemed to be no EASY to use cameras
    eventually my wife started using my slr.
    trying to use one now is possibly a lost cause.
  6. rdm


    I did have fun using my old Kodak 500 Instamatic with film a few years back. The camera came with a cartridge already inside and I reload the cartage using the method I found online, for doing so with type 135 film. I used B&W film so i could develop it myself too.
    The Instamatic 500 has a great Schneider Kreuznach lens.
  7. If you are only really interested in the lens, and not the camera, you can remove it and glue/tape/screw it to a mount and use it on another camera. The expert at this is John Evans. He has a comprehensive ebook called "Exploring Simple Lenses" which tells you more than you ever thought existed about this area.

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