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06-27-2015, 08:19 AM   #1
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Pentax 6x7 - Accidentally shot 120 film on 220 pressure

Hello, I registered to ask a specific question regarding the pressure plates on the 6x7.

A friend of mine accidentally shot a roll of 120 film with the 220 setting on his pressure plate. Is there any chance of the film coming out ok? Or will that ruin it?

Thank you for any help!

06-27-2015, 08:44 AM   #2
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Should be fine. The roll would have just be spinning on its spindle for the last 11 shots (if you didn't notice before shooting all 21 shots). Worst case, you'd end up with 9 and a half shots because the start or end was mis aligned.
06-27-2015, 11:27 AM   #3
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QuoteOriginally posted by robthebloke Quote
Should be fine. The roll would have just be spinning on its spindle for the last 11 shots (if you didn't notice before shooting all 21 shots). Worst case, you'd end up with 9 and a half shots because the start or end was mis aligned.
To clarify, he was shooting 120 film on the 220 pressure plate setting:



So he only shot 10 shots on the camera, since that's all a 120 roll has room for. So do you mean he'd only get 9 instead of 10?
06-27-2015, 01:35 PM   #4
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You get 21 with 220, and 10 with 120.

As for using the 220 plate setting, 220 film doesn't have the paper backing, so needs to be held slightly closer to the body. If he was shooting 220 film on the 120 setting, it's possible that the images may have marginal focus problems. With 120 on the 220 setting, it's unlikely to cause any serious problems.

As well as the pressure plate setting, there are also different start marks you need to line the film up with when loading it. If he lined it up with the 120 mark, there'll be no problem. If he lined it up with the 220 mark, then one frame may be clipped slightly.

As long as the roll of film ended up on the other reel, it's worth developing.

06-27-2015, 05:50 PM   #5
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I've done that exact thing before. I had no issues with the developed roll.
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