It’s eight degrees and there is over 2 feet of snow on my flat roof with more expected tonight. I really should be out shoveling. Instead I’m catching up with my blogs.
For this week’s roll, I chose the Ansco Clipper.
I don’t remember where or when I got my Clipper. It’s a folding box camera manufactured from the 1930’s to the 1950’s. Pre-WWII versions were marketed as Agfa-Ansco, so I know my version dates from 1945 or later. It features a simple lens and shutter mounted on a telescoping lens board. There are no adjustments; one aperture, one shutter speed. It is designed to use 116 film which is no longer available, but 120 film can be adapted to fit using a simple styrofoam packing peanut.
In use, the red window is no longer an accurate measure of film advance. I guessed at proper spacing which resulted in gaps between the images on the film. I guess this is better than overlapping them. 120 film is smaller than 116, so part of the image is cropped. It just means you need to frame accordingly.
I enjoyed shooting my Clipper. It is a very solid feeling camera which folds to easily fit in a coat pocket. You can see the results over at 52 Rolls.
There are lots available on eBay right now and they are cheap. Don’t be scared by 116 film, pick one up and shoot 120 with it!