Sunday, 14 October 2012

photo from 127 camera number 27 - Purma Special

Sir Isaac Newton by pho-Tony
Sir Isaac Newton, a photo by pho-Tony on Flickr.

The Purma special has three shutter speeds, selceted according to which way up the camera is held, but there is no "B" setting, so indoor shots are generally not feasible. This sunlit chapel seemed just about bright enough to get away with the "slow" shutter speed, so I took this picture of Isaac Newton. Even though the sculpture was several feet away, it is clear that the lens is focussed better on the wall behind, there is no way to focus the Purma, other than by attaching supplementary lenses, but I don't have any of them, so this was the best I could do.


  1. Hi Tony,

    I just read your article in the Amateur Photographer magazine. A friend of mine drew my attention to it because he knows I have a 127 film camera, too. Although, I have only one, inherited from my grandmother. It's a Korelle.
    I can show you some scanned images if you're interested.
    Also you may be happy to see this page:
    I just ordered 10 roll of colour 127 film. So I can't tell you how they work, but I'm very curious. :)

    Zsolt Fejer (

  2. Hi Zsolt,

    I'm glad you've been able to order some 127 film, it seems that here in the UK supplies have dried up. Let me know how you get on with the film when you get it.

    Best Wishes