|116 spool, 116 film, 616 film, 120 film, 620 spool|
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Early Ansco film in 116 size was called "6", appended with either an "A" for six exposure rolls, or "B" for twelve exposure rolls (thus "6A" or "6B"). The Gavaert film size equivalent to 116 was "G.16" (eight exposures).
In 1932, Kodak introduced 616 film. This has a slightly slimmer spool (originally metal rather than wood). Agfa/Ansco gave the 616 size their own designation PD16. Kodak discontinued both 116 and 616 in 1984.
|Gevaert Panchromosa and Kodak Verichrome Pan film|
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With some ingenuity, 120 film can be used with cameras designed for 116 and 616, as can 70mm film. (Remember that if you respool 120 film onto 116/616 spools and have it developed at a lab, you must ask for your 116/616 spools back or they'll be thrown away.)
- Walker Mangum, "History of Kodak roll film numbers", at the Kodak Collector's Page. Mangum attributes this information to Thom Bell, writing in a website that no longer (2012) exists.The most recent version (1999) that the Wayback Machine provides of what appears to be the page by Bell that Mangum refers to lacks much of this information.
|film type reminder in a Kodak camera|
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- Convert Your 116/616 Box Camera to Shoot 120 Film, article by Pete Lutz on The Brownie Camera Page
- 120 film in a 116 Brownie (archived), by Greyhoundman
- History of Kodak roll films at the Brownie Camera page
- Kodak paper lengths by film type (archived), by Don Day
- 116/616 film independence (archived), by Don Day: On the use of 70mm film; introduces a supplier of packing paper
- Marking a 116/616 backing paper without a pattern (archived), by Don Day
- Adapting a Patterson-type reel for large-format films (archived), by Don Day