It’s time to bust out those Instamatics. Now you can load them with 35mm film using this adapter kit.

Mar 3, 2017

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

It’s time to bust out those Instamatics. Now you can load them with 35mm film using this adapter kit.

Mar 3, 2017

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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When I was a kid, the Kodak Instamatic 25 was our go to camera for family stuff. Sure, my dad had a fancy Olympus OM-1, but the Instamatic went with us everywhere. My mother recently found that camera and gave it to me. Ever since then it’s sat on a shelf, in the hopes that one day somebody might start producing 126 film again. Well, 126 film still hasn’t become available, but we do now have another option.

Camerhack have been producing various film adapters for a while now. Typically, they’ve been to convert 120 format to fit into other cameras or to shoot panoramics onto 35mm with medium format cameras. Now, they’ve released the new FAKMATIC 135 to 126 film adapter kit.

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DIY techniques to use 35mm film in 126 cartridges have been known for a while. But tearing apart original 126 cartridges can be a delicate process. They can break quite easily. Camerhack’s new solution is a 3D printed 126 cartridge specifically designed to be reopened, refilled, and then closed.

You’ll still need to load film into the cartridge, and then load the cartridge into your camera using a changing bag. Or, you’ll need to be in the darkroom. But it’s a lot easier than trying to re-seal a commercial 126 cartridge that you’ve cracked open.

The FAKMATIC 135 to 126 Film Adapter Kit is €22.50, and available to order at the Camerhack website.

I haven’t fired that Instamatic in about 20 years. I think I might just have to get one of these and run some HP5+ through it.

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John Aldred

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John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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3 responses to “It’s time to bust out those Instamatics. Now you can load them with 35mm film using this adapter kit.”

  1. John J. Gettis Avatar
    John J. Gettis

    I can see some of the appeal of this product but there are so many 354mm film cameras out there and for the most part they are much better cameras then any of the 126 Instamatics. If I was going to shoot film that is the way I would go

  2. Kevin MacNutt Avatar
    Kevin MacNutt

    The Fakmatic was brought to my attention when I happened to acquire the German made Kodak Instamatic 500 which includes 3ft to infinity focusing, a light meter and aperture and shutter control. The lens is a Schneider-Kreuznach 38mm Xenar f/2.8 and includes a hot shoe as well as a flash pc port. A beautifully designed camera that I really would like to get the opportunity to use.

    1. Umberto Zepeda Avatar
      Umberto Zepeda

      Did you try the Fakmatic? From what I saw on a Flickr film group thread, the “early” Instamatic 500s do not work — something about an index pin. Early, as I recall, was prior to 61x,xxx serial number. My newly acquired 500 has a 13x,xxx serial. Sure would be nice to see ome new 126 film carts produced.