126 Re-Loaded / Re-Usable Cartridge (TMax 100 bw)
126 Film Cartridge Re-Load
New, fresh 126 film is currently not being manufactured by any company. How can you shoot with your 126 Instamatic cameras? One option is to purchase our re-usable vintage 126 cartridge - re-loaded with Kodak TMax 100 (24 exposures)! Fully re-usable.
This item is not returnable so please read ALL of the info on this page before purchasing.
OVERVIEW: What is it?
This item is a vintage 126 cartridge with the original backing paper - re-loaded with 35mm film. We have gently crackled it open so we can re-load it with 35mm film. It is designed for folks who process and scan their own film since it is re-loadable. After shooting, you can take the cartridge and re-load it yourself with a film of your choice.
Will it work with my 126 camera?
Re-loaded 126 cartridges work best with the Kodak Instamatic X-15, X-15F, X35, Keystone 126 cameras, AgfaMatic 100 or 200. This cartridge may not work with your 126 camera and you may have to seek out one of the cameras listed above.
Consider this adapter a DIY (Do-It-Yourself) project. You will need time, darkness and patience to re-load the cartridge. This re-loadable cartridge is not for everyone but with said patience, you will achieve success. Again, it’s important to know that this cartridge re-load may not work with every 126 camera. You may have to try a few different camera models to find the “sweet combination” – the camera that works beautifully with re-loads.
Some tips for shooting FPP 126 Re-Loads
- Know your camera. Before loading, test your cameras shutter and find the “pin” near the inside shutter compartment. This “pin” is what resets your shutter to shoot.
- Load your 126 cartridges in dim light. The cartridge was cracked in order for us to re-load - avoid light leaks by loading in dim light. When your roll is exposed, return it to the black bag before processing.
- Avoid light leaks. You can avoid light leaks by taping up the outside of your camera’s film compartment.
- Our re-loads are designed for DIY (Do-It-Yourselfers) who process their own film. If you don’t home process and wish to re-load the cartridge yourself, ask your photo lab to return the cartridge, backing paper and spool.
Good luck shooting!!!
above: Tips on using re-loaded cartridges in your Keystone 126 camera.
above: Kodak Instamatic 100, 104, Hawkeye will not work with re-loads. Video shows why.
Important! The FPP Re-Loads come as-is, without warranty and is not returnable. Use at your camera’s risk. If your camera has not been used for a long time, check that it’s still in good working conditions: no rust, or dry grease, dust, or dirt… The feed mechanism in cameras that were left unused for a long time could be very tight and cause a strong tension on the spools during the film advancement.
What camera did you achieve success with your re-load?! Let us know so we can add the model to our list! Podcast@FilmPhotographyProject.com