Many followers have been downloading and making their own 35mm – 120 film adapters or getting plastic ones made by Shapeways. While the plastic ones are perfectly functional and will last a long time, I wanted to explore making them in metal at Shapeways. I found I had to tweak some parameters and re-order prototypes – you can’t simply use the same design as for the plastic ones.
The new metal adapters are more robust and have a solid heft and feel in stainless steel, bronze, gold, and black (all are stainless steel but the finish is added to simulate other metals), but remain reasonable in price considering they are 3D printed, one pair per order (usually).
They are now available – if you shoot 120 film regularly or know friends who do, these adapters are stronger and make great gifts.
Why use 35mm film in 120 cameras? You can expose the full film frame, including the sprocket holes, for a cool effect, or use films that are not available in 120 format such as infrared, CineStill, and other uncommon or specialty films. Start exploring!