in Canada, and shipped to you by or on-line retail affiliate, The Frugal
Photographer, from their shipping warehouse in Nampa, Idaho.
Bluefire Murano 160 gives superb, natural-color images at its rated speed
of ISO 160.
Imagine — inexpensive color prints from your 1912 Kodak Vest Pocket
Special (shown at left), Yashica 4x4 (shown below), Baby Rollei, Arsen,
Gelto, Ihagee Ultrix, Brownie Starflash, Primo-Jr, Foth Derby (shown
Any 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").
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. Photographed with a Yashica 44 on Bluefire Murano 160
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
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 lens and was very well made. At
least three variations were made, one with a non-coupled selenium cell
light meter mounted above the viewing lens. You'll find more information
about this camera here.
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
Because the film size is so large, these
cameras yield images significantly better than even the best 35mm, yet
some, particularly the high-quality folding cameras, are almost as
compact to carry as a good 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 in 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
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
Today, 127 film is still manufactured in
Europe, and in Canada by Bluefire Laboratories, but only in small quantities.
Unfortunately, low production volumes mean it cannot be manufactured for sale at
Expose Bluefire Murano at ISO 160. This film
is 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.