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What are Camera Roll Film Backs?

Film backs were used to load the 35mm film before you attached it to a medium format camera. These cameras were one of the standard cameras that used 35mm film in the 1930s to the 1960s.

What Was This Camera Used For?

If you're looking into vintage film cameras, then you've probably heard of the Hasselblad camera.

  • These vintage cameras are medium format film cameras and they film in square 6x6 lens frames.
  • This was a personal use film camera, although the 6x6 square film view was hugely popular in the 1900s through the 1950s.
  • The square lens and the 6x6 frame filmed movies in 35mm frames. This view was so widely used that it became an iconic view of vintage films. Today movies are no longer filmed in 35mm frames unless it's for an artistic purpose or a flashback.
  • They are most well known for their cameras that were distributed after WWII.

What Are Some Features of This Camera?

If you're a vintage film enthusiast, here are important features to consider.

  • Hasselblad cameras come with various different film capabilities, but their construction is more or less the same. They're famous for their classic 6x6 framed films and worked well with standard 35mm film.
  • With A70 film magazines, you can load up to 16 feet of 35mm film. You'll have to load it onto the spool holder and then load it into the shell.
  • Most of these vintage cameras could support a number of different lenses, just like cameras today use different lenses. However, if you're going to purchase a lens for your camera, make sure it will work with your vintage setup.

How Do I Care for My Vintage Camera?

Vintage cameras require a lot of care.

  • Always store your camera is a cool, dry place.
  • Make sure the lenses are properly stored so that they don't get damaged
  • Don't force your film onto the spool. There should be a mechanism that holds the spring back, and if you use it you'll save your camera a lot of wear and tear.
  • Never store your film in direct sunlight.

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