620 Film: Buy or Roll your own!

1946 Kodak Brownie Target Six-20

Blog by Michael Raso

For those looking to shoot with vintage 620 film cameras, you should know that 620 is identical to 120 roll film...except for the fact that the spool is slightly different.

For those who wish to purchase film on an authentic 620 film spool, pop it in your camera and shoot, our Film Photography Store has the world's largest selection of 620 film! - http://filmphotographyproject.com/store/film/620-film

above & below: Images shot on vintage Kodak Brownie cameras using new Portra 160 film from The Film Photography Project Store

Want to roll your own!? This video shows you how to roll 120 film onto 620 spools. 120 film HERE so you can roll your own!




620 / 120 film on Wikipedia

The 620 format was introduced by Kodak in 1931 as an intended alternative to 120. Although mostly used by Kodak cameras, it became very popular. The 620 format is essentially the same film on a thinner and narrower all-metal spool

620 film images shot by listeners of The Film Photography Project Internet Radio Show.


Greg Christie's picture

Have to admit I wasn't keen on rolling my own so have purchased a couple of rolls from FPP to get started. My 620 cameras are all the metal box brownies of the 50s made in England or Australia. Some came with film so I have plenty of spools.

I doubt I'll take a lot of images with these cameras as I have an earlier 120 Brownie 2. So I'll still buy them pre-rolled (if the $AU doesn't slide too much further). But at some stage I'll try respooling!

Thanks for the great resource.


Daniel's picture
Respooling is easy after you do it a few times.

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