There are a few ways to take photographs on 35mm film with the photograph taken all the way to the edge of the film, so that you can include the sproket holes and any writing along the edge of the film. Lomography have a couple of cameras that allow for this, which if probably the easiest way to go about it, however if you are after a higher-quality photograph and willing to put in a bit of work, then read on.
What you will need
- A roll of black and white 35mm film I could self-develop
- A medium format camera which doesn't have a red 'shot counter' window on the back, and instead one which has a separate counter and stops the film from winding on at the appropriate distance. I used a Mamiya C330.
- Note – if you only have a camera with a red 'shot counter' window, you can still follow this method, it will just be a bit more guess work for the exact distance to roll on the film between shots, and you will need to light-proof the red window, because without the usual 120 backing paper, you will need to stop light coming in onto your film.
- Note – cameras like Rolleiflex TLRs which automatically sense the start of the film when being loaded are not recommended to be used for this process.
- 3D printed holders which allow 35mm film to fit into a 120 camera (see below)
- A dark bag
- A film development tank and 35mm spool
- Film developer and fix