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127 Roll Film

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.

An excellent, reasonably-priced source 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.

  • The ISO 160 version of this film is useful in all 127 or "VP" (Vest Pocket) cameras, including those from the early years of the 20th century. 

  • The ISO 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 open shade.

 



Vest Pocket Kodak (1912) with Bluefire Murano 160

Introducing
127 size Bluefire Murano 160
The first 127 film to be manufactured in North America
since 1995.

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 Murano images.

Bluefire Murano 160
127 size color print film
ISO 160 daylight balance

Item: 127BMUR


per roll:



Bluefire Murano 400
127 size color print film
ISO 400 daylight balance

Item: 400-127BMUR

Note: this film has perfortions along one edge (see note below)


per roll:


Rera Pan 100
127 size black and white print film
ISO 100

Item: RERA127

Note: this film requires black and white processing and cannot be processed in the C-41 chemistry used by mass-market minilabs.


per roll:

Bluefire brand films are manufactured in Canada. Rera brand films are imported from Japan. All orders are shipped to you from our shipping warehouse in Nampa, Idaho.

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Any lab that routinely prints color prints for pro photographers will be able to process and print Bluefire Murano films for you. They are developed using the industry-standard C41 process.

Rerapan 100 requires black and white chemistry. If it is processed as C41 film, it will come out blank.

Printing 127 negatives 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 or black and white 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 127 films are 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. Rerapan 100 is packaged in a black plastic tube.

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 bronzes.

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 UCR100 127 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 photographs.


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 correctly.

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 support.

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.

It does not come with color-corrected lenses, so color images made with this camera will be quite soft.

$39.50 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 time.

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 today. 

Collectors who still use the original Vest Pocket Kodak, especially the "Special" with its very fine lens-shutter combination, report it gives wonderful images. 

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 SLR. 

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 Japan by Kawauso-Shoten, and in Canada by Bluefire Laboratories, but only in small quantities.

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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.

 

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