Where can I find 116 mm film

Discussion in 'Film and Processing' started by pbjef, Jul 13, 2011.

  1. I bought a Kodak 1a camera the other day and it takes 116 mm film. I was wondering where one goes to purchase film these days that's not 35mm?
  2. there was a thread on where to buy film online just the other day, but i dont believe 116mm film is around anymore.
  3. Central Camera in Chicago has it...or did a very short time ago...1 800 421 1899. You can also try Java Photo...
    ..but they might only be selling 620. The guy that spools it is called "film for classics" but I think it's generally a lot easier to get in touch with Central Camera
  4. You won't be able to find it directly, but do a search for "respool 116". Most of the formats were common enough.
  5. Oh...you can also try the frugal photographer.
  6. Years ago, someone wrote on the 'net, that you can use 120 film if you put a nickel at each end of the feeder spool and wind onto the 116 spool. That is assuming you want to try B&W film and process it yourself. You'd have to remove the film that is wound onto the 116 spool in a changing bag or a darkroom, otherwise the film will be light struck at the ends, at least. The image will be 2 and 1/4 by 4 and 1/4 which is not the original size of the film gate, a bit smaller using 120 film. You'll have to experiment as to what numbers, if any show up in the red window, or figure a way to count the revolutions of the winding knob/ key sacrificing with a "stale" roll of 120.
  7. 116 film is hard to find. I resorted to buying expired film off of ebay and reusing the spools and paper with 70mm film. Now I have 30 rolls worth of 70mm film, enough to probably last a lifetime.
  8. You can easily get reasonably fresh Portra 160NC in 70mm wide 100 foot rolls. That can be loaded on 116 size backing paper (which is 70mm wide). But finding someplace to process it in color is hard, too wide for mini-labs, and too long for a Refrema dip & dunk hanger -- unless you make 6 exposure rolls.
    Finding any B&W 70mm film is getting very hard. Tri-X was discontinued a few years ago in that size.
  9. Confirming the note above, Film for Classics custom spools 116 film and other rare film sizes. Unfortunately, they no longer sell directly to customers, but rather through designated dealers. Only one of them was offering 116: Central Camera Co., 230 S. Wabash Ave., Chicago, IL 60604. Their phone number is 800-421-1899; their web address is www.centralcamera.com. Good luck!
  10. My sister found an exposed 50 year old roll of 116 in a Kodak Brownie #2,
    I had to make a developing reel special for 116 film. I basically glued the pieces from two plastic reels together to get the right spacing. Now I can develop black and white or color 116 at home.
    Nicholas and John have the right idea!!
  11. The 116 format is the same size film as 616. Only the spool is different. These formats are analogous to 120 and 620. If you have a 116 spool and can find 616 film, you can re-spool it.
  12. My respooling is all off of a 100' roll of 70mm 160NC, and I get it processed at Colourworks in Wilmington, DE. It's expensive (about $20 for process and contact), but they will process the full 8-exposure lengths of film (they also do optical RA-4 and B&W printing, for those of you without a darkroom).
  13. Nicholas -- nice to know somewhere that can do full rolls of C-41 116/616 film!
  14. BTW, the film is simply "116", an arbitrary number given it by KODAK. It is not 116 MM's. In fact there was many numbered roll sizes, that all used the same sized piece of film. Only the spools were different. This , and re-spooling, has been the saving grace for many old camera shooters.

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