- Jul 4, 2009
- upstate New York
- Medium Format
I used it a bit this weekend. I think it will be fun, once I get the 620 spools for the takeup. I tried using a trimmed-down 120 spool for the takeup and it made it about halfway through the roll before the plastic core on the 120 spool stripped and the film advance spins freely without advancing the film. It is a bit Rube Goldberg-esque with all the different levers you have to actuate to take a photo and advance the film, but the sequence is not hard to remember. The trick is remembering if you advanced the film or not after each frame since there's no multi-exposure lock-out. Not a big deal when taking photos in rapid succession, but if you put the camera down for 15 minutes or more, I suspect there will be times you have blank frames on the roll until you're used to it, out of an abundance of caution.
Yes, get a regular 620 spool. Even the plastic 620 spools will work better than a 120 spool. Some of the plastic ones are slightly out of spec, too large, but the Chevron has enough room to deal with this.
As Donald suggests, develop a hard routine on winding film. For me, I always wind on right after exposure. Roll film backs on view cameras, older folders and TLRs, etc. Take an image, wind the film. One continuous process. I am not done taking an image until the film is wound on. Some people wait for just before the next exposure. Same result as long as it is a hard and fast rule for you.