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David Mukai
06:25 AM ET (US)
Hi, Brian (Price) and Mike (Pinter),
Just wanted to say that because of your discussions I checked out some of Brian's photos, and they are really great! I'm not sure why I originally got on to this site, but I did at one time have a Kodak Brownie Starmite II camera with which I took a lot of pictures in my very early youth. I'm interested in doing some B&W film work, but probably with my 35mm Nikon FA, although I would like to experiment with a larger format film, too. So much to try, so little time! It's getting harder and harder to find decent film in the U.S. also. Thanks to you guys for keeping 127 photography alive!
Brian Price
04:13 AM ET (US)
Thanks for he mention. Like Bill I haven't done any 127 stuff recently, but I've still got a few rolls of out of date Efke in the fridge and I keep meaning to buy some Rera Pan for my better cameras, perhaps I'll do it now.
Bill Lynch
11:52 AM ET (US)
Hi Mike. It's great to see that interest in 127 film cameras continues. I haven't used any of mine for a while. Maybe it's time to get them out again.
Mike PinterPerson was signed in when posted
11:14 AM ET (US)
I want to add a quick thank you to Brian Price for adding the comments for each camera to the photos he shared in the galleries. They give me a great starting point for taking pictures with my own Vest Pocket, manuals being rather scarce for 90 year old cameras, and all that. :)
Mike PinterPerson was signed in when posted
10:55 AM ET (US)
Gawd, re-reading my previous post it sounds like I work for that site, but I don't. Never mind, just the fact that in the time since I was given that Authographic, 1999, and now, I can actually order film for it again, all the way from Japan, at the push of a button or two. Bizarre. I've just realised that it could be between 91 and 82 years old!
Mike PinterPerson was signed in when posted
10:45 AM ET (US)
Hello everybody! This is my first post in this forum. I came across this site in a very roundabout way and I count it as an amazing find.

I am particularly excited because through the latest comment I found that I can buy 127 film here in Spain too. Foto-R3, the site my film photography teacher has mentioned a few times stocks B&W Rera Pan 100-127 produced in Japan by Kawauso-Shoten and PAN 400-127 (Ilford HP5) by a german lab.

For years I've been slowly collecting old cameras with the hope of one day bringing them back to life, the jewels of which are a Kodak Vest Pocket Autographic Model B and a bakelite Brownie with its flash.

Although I see that you're wary of links being shared here, and would be even more wary of one in a first post, do write down www.foto-r3/en/pelicula/byn/127-byn and check it out.

In the few physical photo shops left around here I'm spreading the word that film is making a comeback so they'll dare to stock up for us. In fact, today I bought two rolls of 120 film I'll be using in a Yashica 635 that has been lent to me. For 5 each, fresh from the fridge he keeps them in, a Portra 400 and a Fuji Provia 100 Frdp III slide film.

I hope to have worthy results soon!
David Daniels
04:45 AM ET (US)
Hello Brian,
    Thanks for that especially the links.
                                  Dave D.
Brian Price
05:49 AM ET (US)
Hi David

The Luxette 44 was exactly as you described, made in around 1953 by a firm called Zimmerman in Germany . They only made one design but sold it under several names with small differences. The were sold under Cima 44, Kobold 44 and Pronta as well as Luxette. I don't think it would have been as much as 30/-. that would be 30 in today's money, probably more like 3/-! They turn up regularly on Ebay, you should get one for around 5

David Daniels
06:36 PM ET (US)
Around about 1962, I purchased a viewfinder, 127 film camera camera from Woolworths for about 30 shillings (I think). The reason I bought it was I was short of cash and it offered three shutter speeds, rather than the single one offered by its Kodak and Ilford contemporaries. The three shutter speeds were described on the lens ring by a dark cloud, a light cloud, and a sun type symbols. As I recall it had a brushed aluminium type case, with black, leatherette type trim. Given decent Kodak film it took very good photos, within its price limitations. The name "Luxette" seems to ring a bell, but this could be a "red herring", as the one shown on your website looks different, although it seems to be an earlier example.
I still have all my older cameras, from a Cosmic 35 to a Zenith TTL, but that Woolworths camera is missing from my collection, so for nostalgia's sake, I would like to acquire another, the missing link if you like. Maybe someone out there could help.
02:47 PM ET (US)
In reference to 127 rangefinder cameras-my Gelto has a coupled rangeinder. From what I understand this was an aftermarket device - but it works very well.
Kurt Ingham
10:00 AM ET (US)
Hi Just noticed an article regarding scanning 127 negatives, I have a Epson perfection 4490 scanner which does all sorts of scanning including negatives,the results are excellent, the only thing you have to be careful of is removing any dust or markes from the scanning screen and negatives
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12:25 AM ET (US)
Anyone have experience with Rera Pan 127, from Japan? Appears to be 100 ISO black and white silver emulsion. Have seen it here:

and online at Ebay. Haven't had a chance to try it.
Pete C
04:22 AM ET (US)
Thanks David. I don't normally look at links but curiosity overcame me and I did, which brought up the Asian florist. I didn't explore further. But you are right, it's wise not to, as these are often malicious. My computer is well protected but as you suggest I will run a scan now. Thanks.
David Mukai
09:57 AM ET (US)
Hi, Pete!

I hate to say it, but I bet many of these "strange and irrelevant messages" that you click on links to get to are phishing attempts, or worse, hacking attempts. If you click on links to get to their odd messages or whatever, aren't you opening yourself up to having someone gain backdoor access to your computer? I never click on links these days unless I know for sure who they are and/or that they are going to take me to a reputable company. The link may even look quite normal or like it's coming from a reputable company, but it's a link that's got a hidden URL associated with it so that it takes you to what may look like a legitimate website for a legitimate, well known company, but it's really hacking into your computer or asking you for personal information in a form that you fill out but which doesn't ultimately go to the seemingly legitimate company but to some phishing site. You end up giving personal information to who knows?

If you ended up connecting with a florist somewhere in Asia, I'd be very suspicious that you've been hacked or that it was a phishing attempt. You might want to scan your computer hard drive now for viruses.

Best of luck! I hope everything works out OK for you!


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Pete C
10:08 AM ET (US)
I wonder why people post these strange & irrelevant messages? I can't imagine they get much business through people looking at their links. The latest seems to be a florist somewhere in Asia! Perhaps they're bored and don't know what else to do with their time?
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