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Bluefire Murano 127 film is for sale on-line in Japan: http://kawauso.biz/
Bluefire Murano 127 films are for sale at Blue
Moon Camera in Portland, Oregon. 127 Processing is also
available from Blue Moon.
of processing: OldSchoolPhotoLab
in Dover, New Hampshire, USA.
You should also
check out The Darkroom in
California and Dwayne's Photo in Parsons, Kansas.
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Please note that older
cameras which do not have color-corrected lenses will give
sharp images with black and white films but decidedly soft images
with color films. Few cameras manufactured before WWII have
color-corrected lenses; virtually all made after WWII are fully
color corrected. Click here for more
observations on using this film in old cameras.
160 version of this film is useful in all 127 or "VP"
(Vest Pocket) cameras, including those from the early years of the
400 version is useful in sophisticated cameras with adjustable
shutter speeds of at least 1/500 of a second. In older cameras it
can be used in low light, such as indoor window light or outside in
are factory-wound onto the spool back-to-front, so you expose
through the base. The result is intense warm colors and striking,
almost hallucigenic image qualities. Because light enters the film
back-to-front, these films must be heavily over-exposed.
Vest Pocket Kodak (1912)
with Bluefire Murano 160
127 size Bluefire Murano 160
The first 127 film to be manufactured in
For 8 exposures 4x6.5cm, 12 exposures 4x4cm, or 16 exposures 4x3cm.
The small, lightweight
Yashica 4x4 twin lens reflex cameras take 127 film. They have excellent lenses and shutters.
You can find them on eBay for $40 to $80.
If your camera has a
"window" on the back for viewing frame numbers, cover it with
black tape and keep it covered except while you are winding film. Bluefire
Murano 160 is far more sensitive than the films of fifty years ago, many
of which were also relatively insensitive to red light. An uncovered
"window" may result in red spots in your Bluefire images.
Bluefire Murano 160
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127 size color print film
ISO 160 daylight balance
Price breaks at 10, 30 60, AND 120 rolls)
per 30-roll carton:
127 Redscale ISO 160
This is our ISO 160 film wound emulsion-side out for exposure through the base.
You should begin testing exposure at about ISO 50.
Bluefire Murano 400
127 size color print film
ISO 400 daylight balance
Note: this film has perfortions along one edge (see note below)
Price breaks at 10, 30 60, AND 120 rolls)
127 Redscale ISO 400
This is our ISO 400 film wound emulsion-side out for exposure through the base. Expose at about ISO
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lab that routinely prints color prints for pro photographers will be able
to process and print this film for you. It is developed using the
industry-standard C41 process. Printing is easy if you use a 120 (6x6)
film holder with a 4x4 paper mask (your local shopping-mall one-hour lab
may flinch, but most independent labs will happily say "yes").
Bluefire Murano 160 has no perforations.
Bluefire Murano 400 has rectangular perforations along one edge
spaced about 60mm apart. A perforation may intrude into
one edge of every other image by about 1 mm (around 3/64 of an inch). It
must be masked out during printing.
Many (but not all) 127
cameras give 36mm square images, not 40mm, and if your camera is one of
these, then the perforation will not be visible.
Imagine — inexpensive color prints from your 1912 Kodak Vest Pocket
Special (shown at upper left), Yashica 4x4 (shown at left below), Baby Rollei, Arsen, Gelto, Ihagee Ultrix, Brownie
Starflash (shown immediately below), Primo-Jr, Foth Derby (shown
at the bottom of the page)...or...
Bluefire Murano 160 is sealed in a
light-tight, moisture-proof pouch instead of a conventional retail box.
You can store it indefinitely in your freezer or refrigerator without any
risk of damage.
The Hobart Building, 582
Market Street, San Francisco, September 2006, bright sunlight.
Photographed with a Yashica 44 using Bluefire Murano 160 film.
Union Square, San Francisco,
September 2006. The iPod girl and the circa-1902 statue atop
the column seem to be pointing in different directions.
Photographed with a Yashica 44 on Bluefire Murano 160 film.
By the way, the woman who
posed for the statue was Alma
le Normand de Bretteville, aged about 19 or so at the time and earning
her living as a professional model. Several years later she married Adolph Spreckles, the
extremely wealthy chairman of
the committee that raised the funds for the monument. Alma Spreckels was a very lovely,
remarkably vulgar, very gifted,
and very generous woman who had a substantial influence on America's art
community. San Francisco's Palace
of the Legion of Honor was built and endowed by Alma and Adolph
Spreckles, and Alma was responsible for the Palace's collection of Rodin
Will the self-absorbed,
narcissistic iPod girl measure up?
The Foth Derby has a good lens and is well
worth the approximately $25 to $35 it fetches on eBay. It's noticeably
smaller than most 35mm cameras, yet its image is 1140 square mm,
as opposed to 864 square mm for 35mm. Unfortunately, Macochrome
slide film has been discontinued by the manufacturer. We expect to have a
replacement product available some day, but God only knows when.
The 1912 Vest Pocket Kodak. This specimen, the
"Vest Pocket Kodak Special," dates from before the introduction
of "autographic" film in 1913. It features an optional Zeiss
lens, and was very expensive at the time. It still makes excellent
Bluefire Murano 160 has beautiful image
characteristics — fine grain, full tonal range response,
good exposure latitude, and a useful rated speed. It is formulated for natural
skin tones, and produces exceptionally high
quality images when used in a good camera and processed
Oddly enough, this is exactly the same specification for Kodak's very
fine Portra NC 160. Who'd have guessed? OK. Just remember: Bluefire Murano 160
is a Bluefire product, and Kodak cannot be held responsible for technical
Superslides fit in a standard 35mm
projector yet yield much larger, more brilliant images than 35mm size films.
Projecting a superslide in the middle of a 35mm slide show will make
your audience gasp with amazement.
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About 127 film: The Original
Vest Pocket format
The Primo Jr.,
made around 1958 by Tokyo Kogaku Kikai K.K. (later
Tokyo Optical), makers of the famous Topcon cameras,
is a superb example of a 4x4 twin-lens reflex. It
was sold in the United States as the Sawyer Mark
IV. It came with an extraordinarily good Tessar-type coated lens
and was very well made. At least three variations were produced, one with a non-coupled selenium cell
light meter mounted above the viewing lens. You'll find more information
about this camera here.
The compact Gevirette is smaller than most
35mm cameras. In good to excellent condition, they sell for $125 on eBay.
McKeown's high book value is $225. They were made in the 1930's by Gebr.
Wirgin, Weisbaden, Germany and were sold with a variety of lens and
shutter combinations. It sometimes appears named "Reporter,"
"Miniature Marvel," and "Adoxette." A variation
called "Klein-Edinex" has been claimed, but I am aware of no
evidence for it.
does not come with color-corrected lenses, so color images made with
this camera will be quite soft.
in 1938 had purchasing power equivalent
to just over $600 in 2009.
|127 film was introduced by Kodak in
1912 for the Vest Pocket Kodak, yielding eight 1-5/8"
X 2-1/2" images per roll. Kodak stopped
production of the film in 1995, and most other
manufacturers discontinued it at about the same
In recent years, 127 was used in Baby
Rolleiflex, Yashica 44, Primo Jr., Sawyer's Mark
IV, Ricoh 44, and similar small, twin-lens reflex cameras which were
introduced in the late 1950's, and were widely used during
the 1960's and 70's.
It is also the correct size for many high-quality cameras
of the pre-WWII period, including eye-level fixed-lens cameras and compact
folding cameras with extremely fine lenses that richly deserve to be used
Collectors who still use the original Vest Pocket
Kodak, especially the "Special" with its
very fine lens-shutter combination, report it gives
It should be remembered that most of the lenses
made before WWII did not have today's sophisticated antireflection
coatings, and were not corrected for use with color films, so a certain charming "softness" is one way you can
always tell when an image came from one of these antique beauties.
Because the film size is so large, these cameras
with their uncoated lenses often yield images significantly better, and
sharper, than even the best modern 35mm. Yet some, particularly the high-quality folding cameras, are
smaller and easier to carry than a 35mm
A 127 transparency (called a Superslide), when projected, gives a
much larger, much more brilliant image than a 35mm slide can give.
127 film can be used in antique cameras, including the Vest Pocket Kodak and
its imitators, and also in the very old box cameras designed for Kodak 0 film.
Many inexpensive cameras of the 1950's and 1960's used 127 film. A Brownie Starflash
or Beacon is not a worthwhile camera for everyday use today,
but it is certainly a nostalgic experience loading 127 film into one and
shooting a roll or two at a picnic or sporting event.
127 film is designed to give 12 square, 4x4 cm, or 8 rectangular, 4x6.5 cm images per roll,
depending on the camera you use. It has frame numbers printed on the backing
paper so you can use it in cameras which use a "ruby window" on the
back for advancing film to the next frame.
The so-called "dreivier" (three-four) models are 127 half-frame cameras.
They have two red windows on the back so you can get 16 3x4 cm images per roll.
When 127 film is reversal processed and mounted in
"superslide" mounts, which fit standard 35mm projectors, you can
project images substantially larger than 35mm slides, with
tremendous visual impact.
Today, 127 film is still manufactured in
Croatia by Fotokemika, and in Canada by Bluefire Laboratories, but only in
Exposure and Processing:
Expose Bluefire Murano 160 at ISO 160, and
Bluefire Murano 400 at ISO 400. These films are balanced for daylight or electronic flash exposure. If you're shooting in artificial lighting,
such as tungsten or fluorescent light, be sure to use a cooling filter like the 80B.
Processing of this film is available: click here.
Frugal Photographer sells a processing
tank with adjustable spiral reels that accept 127 film, as well as 35mm, 126
Instamatic, 35mm, 828, Bolta, 120, 620, and 220.