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01-14-2014, 07:04 AM   #1
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120 film question with Zeiss Folders

Hello guys!
I would imagine that my question was asked before by someone over here, but I couldn't find the answer, so here's the story.
Couple months ago I bought Zeiss Ikon Nettar 518/16 (if I'm not wrong), only after I actually processed my first roll I understood that 120 film is not in only one size. So luckily enough I bought 6x6 film and all was good.
Now, however I bought another Nettar ( they are addictive . I am still waiting on delivery, but what I understood from pictures it is Nettar 515. And this one is made for 6x4.5 film, right? My question is now, can I actually use 6x6 film in it w/o any specific and complex adjustments? Because I haven't seen 6x4,5 film in my area anyway.
Thanx a lot for any thoughts!

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120 film can be shot in a lot of different sizes. Common ones are 6x4.5 , 6x6, 6x7, and 6x9. There are also larger ones that are more pamoramic. They all use the same type of film but just sliced up differently.
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Yeah, but as far as I understand those red windows on the back of Zeiss folders for viewing the frame count, they are put in different positions for different films. Like 6x6 cameras have it one place, while 6x9 will have it in other. Will I actually be able to wind my film properly on 6x4,5 camera?
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The ruby window will be positioned correctly... if you look at the paper backing, there are several sets of numbers printed. So all 120 film supports multiple formats.

One common way to wind the 6x4.5 is to first line up '1' in one window, then the second one (i.e. you shoot each 6x9 number twice) -- this especially for convertible folders that can do 6x9 and 645.
Here's a look at the back of my Ikomat that illustrates the 645

Looks like instructions can be found here:
Zeiss Ikon Nettar 515 Manual + Exposure table - a set on Flickr

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120 roll film is one size (length and width). But different formats using 120 roll film project a different size frame on the roll.

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