Saturday, September 22, 2012
Surfing with 127
Although this image looks like it came from the 1950s, it was in fact taken earlier this week. Shot with a Brownie Reflex [Synchro Model twin-lens reflex camera] on long expired Efke R100 127 film and developed with a caffenol process, the end result of this photograph is instant vintage.
The Brownie Reflex was produced by the Eastman Kodak Company between 1940 and 1952. Because millions of these cameras were made, I couldn't tell you the exact year my camera was made [no visible serial number]. Although I did give the camera a decent cleaning before taking it out for testing, there is obviously a lot of dust in the [exposure] lens housing. I'm amazed that the camera is still in working condition.
To find out more about Kodak Brownies [and this model in particular] you can go here.
The 127 film I used is manufactured by Efke, a film manufacturer in Samobor, Croatia. Although the roll I used was something that I had sitting in a drawer for the past eight to nine years, Efke still produces 127 format film as well as 35 and 120 roll film and sheet film as well. So if you've got an old 127 format camera sitting around, yes you can still buy film for it. If you're interested in getting some yourself, you can check it out here or find a list of sources here.