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Producing Univex #00 backing paper from 120 backing paper


The backing paper for using with an Univex #00 spool can be cut down from 120 backing paper. Univex #00 backing paper is smaller both in width and length. The dimensions for different makes of backing paper varies slightly. Try and choose a 120 backing paper that has light annotation. Examples of this type of paper are Kodak Portra and Ilford FP4 Plus. When you have the backing paper, you can cut down any 120 film to fit.
Cutting 120 film for Univex #00 cameras.

Nominal Values are:-

#00 Backing Tab

At each end of the Univex #00 paper there is a tab and taper. The tab is 15mm wide x 10mm long. The taper covers another 15mm. These are included in the overall dimensions above. Now cut the 120 paper to Univex #00 size. Accuracy is important because if the backing is too narrow your images are prone to light leaks through the side, if the paper is too wide then it won't roll properly on to the spool. Use a straight edge and a hobby knife/scalpel. Roll the backing paper neatly onto a Univex #00 spool to check the dimensions of the new backing paper. Adjust if necessary.


After cutting the 120 paper to size, you need to annotate the paper with guidelines for where the film attaches and the numbers that are seen through the red window.

Measuring from the start end of the paper make the following marks using something like a Sharpie or some other quick drying permanent marker. Do not use Biro as it takes too long to dry. If the ink is not perfectly dry it will transfer to the film when rolled.

Part of Finished Backing
Wind on correctly

Measure the distance between 'Start' line and the 'End' line. This is the length of film required. It will be about 28.7cm. Roll the backing paper neatly and tightly onto a Univex #00 spool. It is important to note the orientation of the spool while you wind. As the film backing is wound onto the source spool, the film backing should be on the top with the spool 'V' drive on the left hand side. Run the backing paper through the camera to check the position of the annotation.

Job Done

Now cut down some 120 film to fit.
Check out the method for cutting the film from 120 and inserting it into the backing here:- Cutting 120 film for Univex #00 cameras.

Good Luck