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35mm and 120 roll film

35mm film (Kodak type 135) and 120 roll film are still readily available, however film in other formats is not always easily found.

No.2 Brownie Film

Many Brownie cameras are marked inside with a label saying "use No.2 Brownie Film". The film format is exactly the same as that of "Kodak Film No.120", so you may use any still widely available 120 roll film.

With simple meniscus lenses found in most box cameras, the best results will be achieved by using black and white film because of colour fringing caused by single element lenses.

Instant Film

Introduced in 1977 as Kodak's answer to Polaroid's domination of the instant picture market, the film technology was almost immediately challenged by Polaroid as a patent infringement. The long-ensuing legal wrangling finally ended in 1986 when Kodak were forced to withdraw from the instant picture market.

Even though according to some sources the Kodak instant film system was the better one of the two systems, they were forced out of the market and hence no film is left for Kodak Instant cameras. So when you own one and really want to take pictures with it, you're out of luck. However they do look great, a real 1970s retro style item and it is a piece of history after all. Many people will remember these cameras and might even have taken pictures with them. "The Handle" might even get the cult status of the Polaroid SX-70s at some time.

Other film formats

Below some addresses of people and shops who might be able to help you on your quest to find film in obsolete formats. Make sure you don't forget to ask the price before you buy, some film is being hand-cut and this reflects on the price. Sometimes one roll of film is more expensive than the cheap camera you've bought to use it with so it might not always be worth using this particular camera. Having said that, it's great fun using the old cameras, people start looking at you in an entirely different way. :o)
Film For Classics
These people should be your first try. They have many films in the most unusual formats available.

    Film for Classics
    Dick Haviland
    +1 716-624-4945
    P.O. Box 486
    Honeoye Falls, New York 11472
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J & C Photo
Unfortunately this shop has closed business as of early 2007
They appear to store every film format ever made and it's all fresh stock.
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Central Camera Company
Another possible source for odd film formats.
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Continent-Wide Enterprises Limited
This Canadian company might still produce or know a source for 126 Instamatic cartridges.
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The Frugal Photographer
Might know a source for some old film formats such as 126 instamatic cartridges.
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