Thursday, 27 September 2012

127 camera number 27 - Purma Special

Purma Special by pho-Tony
Purma Special, a photo by pho-Tony on Flickr.

This is something of a design classic, with its art deco lines and bakelite construction. It also has an unusual shutter, which has three speeds depending on which way the camera is held. The format is square (but not the standard 12 on a roll 4cm x 4cm, this takes sixteen 32mm x 32mm photos) so the orientation of the camera doesn't matter. There is no focusing, and a fixed aperture of f6.3.

Tuesday, 18 September 2012

photo from 127 camera No. 26 - Brownie Starmatic

Gondolas by pho-Tony
Gondolas, a photo by pho-Tony on Flickr.

This camera was made for the expanding tourist market in the early 1960s, so this rather obvious holiday snap is an appropriate choice of subject.

127 camera number 26 - Brownie Starmatic

Brownie Starmatic by pho-Tony
Brownie Starmatic, a photo by pho-Tony on Flickr.

I found this camera recently in a charity shop, it has an automatic exposure system which still seems to work despite being around 50 years old. At 44mm the lens is quite wide, which makes a nice change for this format. I loaded it with Efke 100 film to take away on holiday.