This is the first time I have put a "proper" 127 film in this camera, last time I used it I re-spooled some 35mm film onto a 127 backing paper, and while I liked the results, there was loss of focus at the centres of the pictures, presumably due to the film not laying flat. This Macocolor film shows no sign of the focus problem, so I think my theory was correct.
Sunday, 29 January 2012
Thursday, 26 January 2012
Wednesday, 25 January 2012
Friday, 20 January 2012
Tuesday, 17 January 2012
Sunday, 15 January 2012
I took 8 exposures with the Sprite, and then swapped the film mid-roll into camera No. 4, a Coronet 4-4, which also takes square photos. The image is quite sharp near the centre, but drops of noticeably towards the corners.
Friday, 13 January 2012
Sunday, 8 January 2012
Ilford Sprite, a photo by pho-Tony on Flickr.
This camera is from the basic end of the spectrum, but not quite the most basic as it has 2 apertures, marked "Colour" and "B & W", I guess these are probably f11 and f16 respectively. I've put a roll of Efke 100 black and white film in, and will take it with me on days when the light looks promising.
Saturday, 7 January 2012
I don't have a definite plan, but will probably have a couple of 127 cameras on the go at any one time, one simple and lightweight that I can slip in a pocket, and perhaps a more sophisticated, and possibly heavier model to give flexibility with regard to prevailing lighting conditions.
Wednesday, 4 January 2012
This year, 2012 is the centenary of Kodak's introduction of the 127 film format. Smaller than the then available films, it was pivotal in the spread of popularity of photography among the masses. Early users included those fighting in the First World War, millions of the “Kodak Vest Pocket” were made, and became known as the “soldier's camera”.
The format was still the mainstay of family snapshot photos until the 1960s, but then 35mm cameras became more popular and affordable, and finally other more foolproof systems such as the 126 cartridge took over the point-and-shoot market. Kodak ceased production of 127 film in 1995, and it is now hard to come by, but one or two manufacturers are still producing it, unlike the 126 cartridges which effectively killed off 127.
Many of my 127 cameras are very basic models, aimed at the holiday snap market, and only usable in bright sunlight, so these will have to be used over the summer months, but there are a good number of models with variable apertures and shutter speeds, so no lighting condition is out of reach.
Looking back though the last two years of my 52 cameras in 52 weeks project, I have already used nineteen 127 format cameras, but I have plenty left, mainly cheap and simple ones, though some are more sophisticated.
I have decided that this year, as well as continuing with my camera of the week, I will use as many 127 cameras as I can, though not on a strict timetable, it will be a chance to revisit some old friends as well as to try out some new ones.