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Medium Format 120/220/126/127
Film Scanning


The Overview

Professional scanning of 120/220/126/127 negative and positive colour and black & white film. The scans are saved as TIFF files, JPEG files, or both and burned to CD or DVD. We then ship you back your film negatives and the CD's/DVD's containing the scans. We offer scan resolutions of 1000-4000dpi and a wide range of processing options. Digital ICE is included on all scans unless the film does not support it or you request it not be used.

Medium Format 120/220 Scanning Prices

Medium Format 120/220 Scanning Order Form

Our Process

  1. Film strips are individually examined and cleaned using compressed air or a lint free cloth.

  2. The film strips are then sorted as per film type (black & white, colour, kodachrome, etc) and frame size as necessary.  See right hand column for details on available frame sizes.

  3. All film strips are then checked to verify which slide is the emulsion side.  With film it will usually curl towards the emulsion side.  In case it does not curl, the emulsion side is usually much duller than the non-emulsion side.  Another way to tell is to see if the writing on the top/bottom of the strip is "right reading".

  4. A test scan of a Medium Format film negative strip is then completed using the settings that you selected on your "Medium Format 120/220 Scanning Order Form".  Once everything has been tested and adjustments made the scanning of your items is commenced.

  5. Once the scanning of your Medium Format film is completed each photo is then viewed on our colour calibrated monitors where they are then cropped and corrected as necessary.

  6. During the scanning process, depending upon the number of items to be scanned, samples are placed on a secure website for you viewing.  These files will typically be about 100KB in size and will not be suitable for printing.  They will remain on the website for up to 6 weeks.

  7. Once all items are scanned they are then burned to either CD's or DVD's as per your requests.

  8. Once complete payment has been received from you all items will be shipped back to you.


Our Equipment

Here is a list of equipment that we use in the scanning of all film

  1. Nikon Super Coolscan 5000 Scanner.  This is used for the scanning of 35mm slides and film negatives.

  2. Nikon Super Coolscan 9000 Scanner.  This is used in the scanning of medium format slides, negatives and some 35mm slides and negatives as necessary.

  3. Epson 4990 Pro Flatbed Scanner.  Used in the scanning of all photographs and large format film.

All of our scanners and monitors are calibrated on a regularly scheduled basis to help ensure that you receive the best results possible.

Closing Thoughts

We understand that sending your Medium Format film off to some faceless company you've never heard of can be scary so we want you to get to know us.  If you have any questions or comments please don't hesitate to call or write.  We're looking forward to helping you and your family enjoy your old film again.




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Medium Format 120/220 Film

Original 120, 620 and modern 120 film spools with modern 120 exposed color film
 
Original 120, 620 and modern 120 film spools with modern 120 exposed color film

120 is a film format for still photography introduced by Kodak for their Brownie No. 2 in 1901. It was originally intended for amateur photography but was later superseded in this role by 135 film. It, and the longer 220, survive to this day as the only remaining medium formats, popular with professionals and amateur enthusiasts.

The 120 format is typical of roll film. The spool was originally made of wood with metal flanges, later all metal, and finally plastic. Frame number markings for the three standard image formats are printed on the backing paper. The film is 72 cm (28.3 inches) long.

Frame sizes

120 film allows several frame sizes.

120 frame sizes
Name Aspect ratio Nominal size (mm) Exposures
6 4.5 1.35:1 56 41.5[1] 15 or 16
6 6 1:1 56 56 12
6 7 1.25:1 56 70 10
6 8 1.37:1 56 77 9
6 9 1.50:1 56 84 8
6 12 2.1:1 56 118 6
6 17 3:1 56 168 4
6 24 4:1 56 224 3

Due to better control of frame spacing, modern 64.5 format cameras can fit 16 exposures onto a roll of 120

The 67 frame enlarges almost exactly to 810 inch paper, for which reason its proponents call it "ideal format". 64.5 is the smallest and least expensive roll-film frame size, equipment to take photos in this size is also the lightest.

The wide 612, 617 cm, and 624 frames are produced by special-purpose panoramic cameras. Because of the need to cover such a wide piece of film, some of these cameras use lenses intended for large format cameras.

Cameras using 120 film will often combine the two numbers of the frame size in the name e.g Pentax 67 (67), Fuji 617 (617), and many 645's (64.5).

 

Other similar 6 cm roll films

Original 120 spool (left) versus a 620 spool
Original 120 spool (left) versus a 620 spool

The 220 format was introduced in 1965 and is the same width as 120 film, but with double length (144 cm) film and thus twice the number of possible exposures per roll. Unlike 120 film, there is no backing paper behind the film itself, just a leader and a trailer. This results in a longer film on the same spool, but there are no printed frame numbers. Moreover, it cannot be used in unmodified old cameras that have a red window as frame indicator. Also, since the film alone is thinner than a film with a backing paper, a special pressure plate may be required to achieve optimal focus if the film is registered against its back side. Some cameras capable of using both 120 and 220 film will have a two position adjustment of the pressure plate while others will require different film backs (e.g Mamiya C220, Mamiya C330).

The 620 format was introduced by Kodak in 1931 as an intended alternative to the 120 format and is essentially the same film on a thinner and narrower all-metal spool (the 120 spool was made of wood at that time):

  • 120 2.466" width, 0.990" flange, 0.468" core
  • 620 2.468" width, 0.905" flange, 0.280" core

The 620 format was discontinued by Kodak in 1995, but it is possible to re-wind 120 film onto a 620 spool in the darkroom to enable use of 620 cameras.

The 105 format was introduced by Kodak in 1898 for their first folding camera and was the original 6 9 cm format roll film. The 117 format was introduced by Kodak in 1900 for their first Brownie camera, the No.1 Brownie, 6 6 cm format. These formats used the same width film as 120 film, but with slightly different spools. The 105 spool has a much wider flange, similar to the 116 spool. The 117 spool is slightly narrower than the 120.

 

 


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