Bluefire Murano 127 film is for sale on-line in Japan: http://kawauso.biz/
An excellent, reasonably-priced source of processing: OldSchoolPhotoLab in Dover, New Hampshire, USA.
Please read about the red window issue.
For 8 exposures 4x6.5cm, 12 exposures 4x4cm, or 16 exposures 4x3cm.
If you are using Rera Pan film, and 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.
Rera Pan 100
Bluefire Pan 400
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.
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.
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.
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...
The Hobart Building, 582
Market Street, San Francisco, September 2006, bright sunlight.
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.
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.
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
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.
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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