Scott's Photographica Collection

Using Vintage Ansco Roll Film Cameras

 

The Goodwin Film & Camera Company Ansco 7B Film, Anthony & Scovill No. 2 Box Camera and Eastman Kodak 118 Film

The Goodwin Film & Camera Company
Ansco 7B Transparent Film Cartridge - 1910

 

FAQ - Can I buy film for my old Ansco camera?
Answer - Possibly.

I've received a number of emails from people wanting to take photographs with their antique and vintage Ansco cameras.  The question most frequently asked is whether film is still available.  It occurred to me I could create a Web page that would answer this question 24 hours/day.  After all, I can't answer emails while I sleep.

Many vintage Ansco cameras have decals, located in the film compartment, that specify the film size.  However, in the early 20th century Ansco's film numbering system differed from Kodak's.  Today's film is no longer marked in the original Ansco numbering system.  You can't walk into a store and ask for a roll of 4A film.  But you can ask for a roll of 120 film, the Kodak equivalent; a film still made by a number of manufacturers.

FAQ - But what about my camera?
Answer - Check the tables below.

There are two tables on this page.  The first table is sequenced by Ansco film number.  If you know what Ansco film fits your camera, scan down the Ansco Film Number column until you find it.  Look to see the equivalent Kodak film size.  That's all there is to it.  You'll notice most film numbers are listed more than once.  This is because that film was made for a variety of Ansco cameras.  It is not necessary to locate your camera model in the table if you know the Ansco film number.

Use Table 2 if you know your camera model, but not the film number.  The table is sequenced alphabetically by camera model.  Lookup your camera and note the equivalent Kodak film.

FAQ - I don't know my camera model or film size. What should I do?
Answer - You need to identify your camera model.

Search the Web for Ansco cameras.  Chances are excellent you'll find a model that matches the appearance and description of your camera.  If you're really stuck, take a photo of your camera.  Attach the photo to an email and send it to me.  I may be able to ID your camera model.

FAQ - Is this a complete list of Ansco roll film cameras? 
Answer - No.

The tables list a majority of the Anthony & Scovill and Ansco cameras made for the original Ansco film numbering system, ca 1900 - ca 1930.  

Later Ansco cameras and instruction books specify film sizes in either the Agfa-Ansco or modern Kodak numbering system.  The original Ansco numbering system was phased-out after Agfa merged with Ansco in 1928.  This page does not provide information on the Agfa-Ansco numbering system.  I may add that in the future.

FAQ - Are all of these Kodak film sizes available?
Answer - No.

Of the sizes listed in the tables only 120 and 127 are currently available from major film manufacturers.  120 film and processing services are available at many camera stores.  127 film is a bit more difficult to locate.  It is no longer made by Kodak and not found in many stores.  I can recommend Freestyle Photographic Supplies as a source of 127 film at very reasonable prices.

The companies listed below sell modern, fresh film in discontinued sizes, and/or processing services for these modern discontinued films.  Each company has positioned itself with a fairly unique mix of products, pricing and service.

J and C Photo carries a very large selection of film and processing supplies.  This includes obsolete roll and sheet film sizes, metric sheet film, 8mm and 16mm movie film and even rolls of 10 inch x 100 foot Cirkut film.

Retro Photographic Ltd stocks sheet film in a variety of impossible-to-find sizes as well as roll film in discontinued sizes.  I understand they expect to carry glass plate negatives in the near future.

Rocky Mountain Film Laboratory specializes in processing out-dated film; for example, that old roll of Ansco All-Weather film found in your grandfather's box camera.  They don't sell film, but see their Film page for links to sources of regular-8 and super-8 movie film.

Another processor of out-dated film is Process C-22, located in England.  They process a very large variety of discontinued film types and sizes and accept orders from around the world.

Sources of Discontinued Film and Processing Services Located in the USA

Central Camera Company

Film for Classics

J and C Photo

Rocky Mountain Film Laboratory

Source of Discontinued Film Sizes Located in the UK

Retro Photographic Ltd.

Processing Service for Discontinued Films Located in the UK

Process C-22

FAQ - Given a choice, which film should I buy?
Answer - The slowest available.

Most cameras on this page will deliver their best results on slow-speed film, that is, under 200 ISO.  If you have a choice of film emulsions choose the slowest available, particularly if you are using color film.  Shutters may no longer operate accurately at their marked speeds.  Figure they will tend to overexpose.  Of course filters can be used to compensate for higher film speeds.

FAQ - Should I have my camera serviced before spending money on film?
Answer - No, it's generally not economical. Check it yourself.

If your camera has a bellows, check for light leaks.  To check for leaks, open the camera back and extend the bellows.  In a darkened room shine a bright flashlight into the bellows from the back.  Look at the bellows exterior.  If you see light emanating from the bellows material, your bellows has light leaks.  My advice is to put your camera on the shelf and admire its aesthetic charms.  If you insist on shooting with this particular camera and the bellows has minor leaks, search the Web for advice on patching leaky bellows.

Try the shutter.  If it opens and closes without undue hesitation, then the shutter is OK.  If it does not open and close properly - in a fraction of a second and fairly crisply, then consider retiring the camera.

Check the red window.  Look at the back of your camera.  You should see a round hole covered with red translucent acetate or plastic, or a variation on this theme.  The red window is what you look through to count exposures.  Often the glue that attaches the red window dries out and the window becomes lost.  If you have the window, but it is detached, glue it back in place.  Most any glue will do.  If the window is lost cut a new window to fit and glue it in place.  You can cut the window from a sheet of red plastic.  A good source is the plastic sheet sold in stationary stores that is used for presentation covers.  The material and shade of red are not critical.  

Clean the lens.  It will make a big difference.  

Take some pictures.  Due in part to their large image size all of these cameras are capable of taking excellent photographs.

Table 1
Vintage Ansco Cameras and Roll Films Sequenced by Film Number
Ansco Camera Model Ansco
Film
Number
Format
in
Inches
Number
of
Exposures
Equivalent
Kodak Film
Dollar Camera 2C  1 5/8 x 2 1/2 8 127
No. 0 Buster Brown (box) 2C 1 5/8 x 2 1/2 8 127
Vest Pocket
(Vest Pocket No. 0)
2C 1 5/8 x 2 1/2 8 127
Vest Pocket Readyset 2C 1 5/8 x 2 1/2 8 127
No. 1 Buster Brown 3A 2 1/4 x 2 1/4 6 117
No. 1 Ansco Junior 4A 2 1/4 x 3 1/4 6 120
No. 1 Folding Ansco 4A 2 1/4 x 3 1/4 6 120
No. 1 Folding Buster Brown 4A 2 1/4 x 3 1/4 6 120
Ansco Camera Ansco Film Format Exposures Kodak Film
No. 2 Buster Brown
(Box Buster Brown No. 2)
4A 2 1/4 x 3 1/4 6 120
No. 2 Folding Buster Brown 4A 2 1/4 x 3 1/4 6 120
Vest Pocket Junior 4A 2 1/4 x 3 1/4 6 120
Vest Pocket No. 1 4A 2 1/4 x 3 1/4 6 120
Vest Pocket No. 2 4A 2 1/4 x 3 1/4 6 120
Vest Pocket Speedex No. 3 4A 2 1/4 x 3 1/4 6 120
Ansco Junior 6A/6B 2 1/2 x 4 1/4 6/12 116
Ansco Junior Special 6A/6B 2 1/2 x 4 1/4 6/12 116
Arrow Camera 6A/6B 2 1/2 x 4 1/4 6/12 116
Craftsman Camera (wood box) 6A/6B 2 1/2 x 4 1/4 6/12 116
Ansco Camera Ansco Film Format Exposures Kodak Film
No. 1A Ansco Junior 6A/6B 2 1/2 x 4 1/4 6/12 116
No. 1A Ansco Royal 6A/6B 2 1/2 x 4 1/4 6/12 116
No. 1A Ansco Speedex 6A/6B 2 1/2 x 4 1/4 6/12 116
No. 1A Folding Ansco 6A/6B 2 1/2 x 4 1/4 6/12 116
No. 2A Buster Brown
(Box Buster Brown No. 2A)
6A/6B 2 1/2 x 4 1/4 6/12 116
No. 2A Folding Buster Brown 6A/6B 2 1/2 x 4 1/4 6/12 116
No. 2 Ansco (box) 7A/7B 3 1/4 x 4 1/4 6/12 118
No. 3 Ansco Junior 7A/7B 3 1/4 x 4 1/4 6/12 118
No. 3 Ansco Speedex 7A/7B 3 1/4 x 4 1/4 6/12 118
Ansco Camera Ansco Film Format Exposures Kodak Film
No. 3 Buster Brown
(Box Buster Brown No. 3)
7A/7B 3 1/4 x 4 1/4 6/12 118
No. 3 Folding Ansco 7A/7B 3 1/4 x 4 1/4 6/12 118
No. 3 Folding Buster Brown 7A/7B 3 1/4 x 4/14 6/12 118
No. 4 Ansco
(No. 4 Folding Ansco)
(No. 4 Folding Pocket Ansco)
7A/7B 3 1/4 x 4 1/4 6/12 118
No. 6 Ansco
(No. 6 Folding Ansco)
7A/7B 3 1/4 x 4 1/4 6/12 118
No. 1 Ansco (box) 8A/8B 3 1/2 x 3 1/2 6/12 101
No. 3 Ansco (box) 10A/10B 4 x 5 6/12 103
No. 5 Ansco
(No. 5 Folding Ansco)
No. 5 Folding Pocket Ansco)
10A/10B 4 x 5 6/12 103
Ansco Camera Ansco Film Format Exposures Kodak Film
No. 7 Ansco
(No. 7 Folding Ansco)
10A/10B 4 x 5 6/12 103
No. 8 Ansco 10A/10B 4 x 5 6/12 103
No. 3A Ansco Junior 18A/18B 3 1/4 x 5 1/2 6/10 122
No. 3A Speedex 18A/18B 3 1/4 x 5 1/2 6/10 122
No. 3A Buster Brown (box) 18A/18B 3 1/4 x 5 1/2 6/10 122
No. 3A Folding Ansco 18A/18B 3 1/4 x 5 1/2 6/10 122
No. 3A Folding Buster Brown 18A/18B 3 1/4 x 5 1/2 6/10 122
No. 9 Folding Ansco
(No. 9 Folding Pocket Ansco)
18A/18B 3 1/4 x 5 1/2 6/10 122
Ansco Camera Ansco Film Format Exposures Kodak Film
No. 10 Ansco Special
(No. 10 Folding Pocket Ansco Special)
18A/18B 3 1/4 x 5 1/2 6/10 122
No. 10 Folding Ansco
No. 10 Folding Pocket Ansco)
18A/18B 3 1/4 x 5 1/2 6/10 122
No. 3A Ansco (box) 18C/18D 3 1/4 x 5 1/2 6/10 125
No. 2C Ansco Junior 26A/26B 2 7/8 x 4 7/8 6/10 130
No. 2C Buster Brown
(Box Buster Brown No. 2C)
26A/26B 2 7/8 x 4 7/8 6/10 130
Ansco Camera Model Ansco
Film
Number
Format
in
Inches
Number
of
Exposures
Equivalent
Kodak Film

Table Notes and Model Identification Tips

Table 2
Vintage Ansco Cameras and Roll Films Sequenced by Camera Model
Ansco Camera Model Ansco
Film
Number
Format
in
Inches
Number
of
Exposures
Equivalent
Kodak Film
Ansco Junior 6A/6B 2 1/2 x 4 1/4 6/12 116
Ansco Junior Special 6A/6B 2 1/2 x 4 1/4 6/12 116
Arrow Camera 6A/6B 2 1/2 x 4 1/4 6/12 116
Craftsman Camera (wood box) 6A/6B 2 1/2 x 4 1/4 6/12 116
Dollar Camera 2C 1 5/8 x 2 1/2 8 127
No. 0 Buster Brown (box) 2C 1 5/8 x 2 1/2 8 127
No. 1 Ansco (box) 8A/8B 3 1/2 x 3 1/2 6/12 101
No. 1 Ansco Junior 4A 2 1/4 x 3 1/4 6 120
No. 1 Buster Brown 3A 2 1/4 x 2 1/4 6 117
No. 1 Folding Ansco 4A 2 1/4 x 3 1/4 6 120
Ansco Camera Ansco Film Format Exposures Kodak Film
No. 1 Folding Buster Brown 4A 2 1/4 x 3 1/4 6 120
No. 1A Ansco Junior 6A/6B 2 1/2 x 4 1/4 6/12 116
No. 1A Ansco Royal 6A/6B 2 1/2 x 4 1/4 6/12 116
No. 1A Ansco Speedex 6A/6B 2 1/2 x 4 1/4 6/12 116
No. 1A Folding Ansco 6A/6B 2 1/2 x 4 1/4 6/12 116
No. 2 Ansco (box) 7A/7B 3 1/4 x 4 1/4 6/12 118
No. 2 Buster Brown
(Box Buster Brown No. 2)
4A 2 1/4 x 3 1/4 6 120
No. 2 Folding Buster Brown 4A 2 1/4 x 3 1/4 6 120
No. 2A Buster Brown
(Box Buster Brown No. 2A)
6A/6B 2 1/2 x 4 1/4 6/12 116
Ansco Camera Ansco Film Format Exposures Kodak Film
No. 2A Folding Buster Brown 6A/6B 2 1/2 x 4 1/4 6/12 116
No. 2C Ansco Junior 26A/26B 2 7/8 x 4 7/8 6/10 130
No. 2C Buster Brown
(Box Buster Brown No. 2C)
26A/26B 2 7/8 x 4 7/8 6/10 130
No. 3 Ansco (box) 10A/10B 4 x 5 6/12 103
No. 3 Ansco Junior 7A/7B 3 1/4 x 4 1/4 6/12 118
No. 3 Ansco Speedex 7A/7B 3 1/4 x 4 1/4 6/12 118
No. 3 Buster Brown
(Box Buster Brown No. 3)
7A/7B 3 1/4 x 4 1/4 6/12 118
No. 3 Folding Ansco 7A/7B 3 1/4 x 4 1/4 6/12 118
Ansco Camera Ansco Film Format Exposures Kodak Film
No. 3 Folding Buster Brown 7A/7B 3 1/4 x 4 1/4 6/12 118
No. 3A Ansco (box) 18C/18D 3 1/4 x 5 1/2 6/10 125
No. 3A Ansco Junior 18A/18B 3 1/4 x 5 1/2 6/10 122
No. 3A Buster Brown (box) 18A/18B 3 1/4 x 5 1/2 6/10 122
No. 3A Folding Ansco 18A/18B 3 1/4 x 5 1/2 6/10 122
No. 3A Folding Buster Brown 18A/18B 3 1/4 x 5 1/2 6/10 122
No. 3A Speedex 18A/18B 3 1/4 x 5 1/2 6/10 122
No. 4 Ansco
(No. 4 Folding Ansco)
(No. 4 Folding Pocket Ansco)
7A/7B 3 1/4 x 4 1/4 6/12 118
Ansco Camera Ansco Film Format Exposures Kodak Film
No. 5 Ansco
(No. 5 Folding Ansco)
(No. 5 Folding Pocket Ansco)
10A/10B 4 x 5 6/12 103
No. 6 Ansco
(No. 6 Folding Ansco)
7A/7B 3 1/4 x 4 1/4 6/12 118
No. 7 Ansco
(No. 7 Folding Ansco)
10A/10B 4 x 5 6/12 103
No. 8 Ansco 10A/10B 4 x 5 6/12 103
No. 9 Folding Ansco
(No. 9 Folding Pocket Ansco)
18A/18B 3 1/4 x 5 1/2 6/10 122
No. 10 Ansco Special
(No. 10 Folding Pocket Ansco Special)
18A/18B 3 1/4 x 5 1/2 6/10 122
No. 10 Folding Ansco
(No. 10 Folding Pocket Ansco)
18A/18B 3 1/4 x 5 1/2 6/10 122
Vest Pocket
(Vest Pocket No. 0)
2C 1 5/8 x 2 1/2 8 127
Ansco Camera Ansco Film Format Exposures Kodak Film
Vest Pocket Junior 4A 2 1/4 x 3 1/4 6 120
Vest Pocket No. 1 4A 2 1/4 x 3 1/4 6 120
Vest Pocket No. 2 4A 2 1/4 x 3 1/4 6 120
Vest Pocket Readyset 2C 1 5/8 x 2 1/2 8 127
Vest Pocket Speedex No. 3 4A 2 1/4 x 3 1/4 6 120
Ansco Camera Model Ansco
Film
Number
Format
in
Inches
Number
of
Exposures
Equivalent
Kodak Film

Table Notes
...See Table 1 notes, above.

 

The Goodwin Film & Camera Company Ansco 7B Film, Anthony & Scovill No. 2 Box Camera and Eastman Kodak 118 Film

Ansco 7B Transparent Film Cartridge - 1910,
Anthony & Scovill No. 2 Box Camera - ca 1906,
Eastman Kodak V118 Verichrome Film - 1948

 

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This page was created January 14, 2004 and updated December 24, 2005