Here’s the back of the camera with the 130 spool at the take up side.
Cut some foam and stuff it in the feeding side. Load the camera up with a roll of plain backing paper. Now, position the paper where you want the middle to be, and mark it with a pencil.
Using self adhesive plastic or foam, (whatever the hell you call it, It’s made for underneath appliances) use the strips as a film guide.
Glue them to where you marked with the pencil / the edge of the paper.
It worked! The whole roll went through without missing a beat, must unload in a dark-bag or darkroom.
- Kodak 2C Autographic 120 Panoramic Camera
- Film format: 120
- Image Area: 6 x 12.4cm
- Images per roll of 120: 5
- Kodak Anastigmat f7.7 152mm
- Focus: 6 ft – infinity
- f7.7 – f45
- B / 25 / 50 / 100/ T
- Rotating View finder
- Line up the start line to the right edge of the frame.
- Turn 17 half-turns and you will be at frame one.
- 6 half-turns to the next frame.
Possible Future Improvement:
- 1.)Mask the unused opening.
- 2.) Install light seals all the way around
- 3.) Pressure Plate
- 4.) Fabricate a dedicated 120 take up spool.
Best of all, you did not destroy his historical camera, everything you put in can come right out!
7 thoughts on “Converting a Kodak 2C Autographic Jr Into a 120 Panoramic Camera”
this is damned exciting. I have seen many of these cameras. why does it produce such a huge negative?
Lens and film are not as good back then as nowadays. And for contact prints.
Thanks for posting this! I am visiting my folks in NC and found a working, very good condition, 2C at an antique shop today. I wasn’t sure i’d be able to use it, but had to get it anyway just because.. Now i’m excited to try to use it when I get back home.
Not a problem, make sure you let me know how that works out for you. Myself I’m contemplating adding a simple pressure plate made of foam and thin cardboard. But yes, go try it out and have fun!
Thanks for stopping by.
I was just given one of these as a gift mainly as a “collectors/display” item, and while it was a very thoughtful gift, I am even more excited to see that it may even be possible actually use this camera1 I am very excited; especially since it may work for panorama shots too!! Thanks for sharing this!
Let me know how that works out for you, cheers!