A friend recently gifted me with an Ansco Pioneer which was manufactured in the US between 1947 and 1953. This camera takes 616 film, with a 2.5 x 4.25 inch image size. The film plane is curved to better match the single element lens. The only shutter speed is approximately 1/50 second and fixed aperature is F/14. Since the kit included two 616 spools, I was able to respool a roll of Arista Edu 100 and take the camera out for a test drive. Stand processed in Blazinal 1+100 for 1 hour. Film advance is a bit off and there are some light leaks, but interesting results.


  1. neufotomacher
    neufotomacher ·

    I am getting closer to loading 120 film onto the 616 paper backing of some expired rolls of 616 Kodak Verichrome, then into a turn of the century Kodak box camera that takes 616 film. Thanks for the visual nudge.

  2. troch
    troch ·

    @neufotomacher go for it. I didn't have any 616 backing paper. I had developed a roll for a friend, but gave it back with the developed film, so I just went with 120 film.

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