Many families have years of photos hiding in the basement, along with different formats of negative strips and slides. Getting your archives converted is an important step when looking to preserve images, but to get the best quality scan from a negative or slide, you need to take the time to identify what kind of negative or slide it is. We took an opportunity to detail 110 and 126 analog formats. Once you understand a few key features of the 110 and 126 formats, they’ll be easy to recognize!
This slide format was developed in 1963 by Kodak, and was a cartridge based film primarily used for still photography. Kodak gave the film the name of 126 because it wanted users to realize that images were going to be 26mm square even though the actual size is closer to 28mm.
126 Instamatic is still as wide as 35 mm film, but it only has one registration hole per image. 126 Instamatic film proved to be very popular until it was discontinued in 2008. Most 126 slides are mounted in 2x2 inch mounts. You should be able to recognize a 126 slide just by eyeballing it, but if you’re in doubt, feel free to break out a ruler.
If you’re digging through your basement, keep in mind that 110 film comes in both negative and slide format. Developed in 1972, the “pocket instamatic” is normally mounted on a 2x2 mount, but can also be found in a 1x1 frame. The actual transparent image is going to be much smaller than a 126. The mount will take up most of the 2 inch square, and 110 negatives will look like a filmstrip. This format was only discontinued in 2009, so it’s likely you’ve got a few hiding in your collections.
Digitizing 126 and 110 Film
When converting 126 negative film as well as converting 110 negative film, be sure to scan at 4000 PPI. This may not dramatically improve the quality of the image but when you use a high resolution, small image details are captured. If you would like to print the images, keep them small or they’ll appear grainy, as scanned photos are perfect for digital use. If you need ideas on how to share your new images, our blog is a great place for inspiration!