Saturday, June 16, 2018

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

One month till 127 Day!

July 127 Day is only a month away! It takes place on Thursday, the 12th of July (that's 12/7 in European).

127 Film Photography will feature 127-format photographs made on July 12, 2018, in a special exhibition. You're invited to participate!

No fees, no competition, just a friendly virtual community joining together to make 127-format photos on  July 12, 2018.

To show your work,
  1. Take 127-format photographs on  July 12, 2018.
  2. Send one of your photographs from July 12 to 127 Film Photography. Please email one jpg file, 500 pixels wide, to 127filmformat ~at~ gmail.com, by September 12, 2018. (That's a month longer than previously - hopefully this gives everyone enough time to get their film developed and scanned).
  3. In the subject line of your email, type "July 2018 127 Day."
  4. In the body of the email, please include the copyright symbol, your name, the title of the photograph, location, camera and film types, and your website address (or other link to your work). In that order. Please follow this example (you don't have to use initials if you prefer to be known by your full name!):

    ©J. M. Golding, Tidal, northern California, USA, Yogi Bear 127 camera, Rerapan, http://www.jmgolding.com

All types of 127 film format are welcome, whether the film began its existence as 127, or you used 35 mm film in a 127 camera, or you respooled 46mm film, or you cut down 120 film to 127 size ... or maybe you have a technique that I don't know about yet - if so, please tell me so I can share it with others who love this format (with full credit to you, of course - or perhaps you'd like to write a short article for 127 Film Photography about it!). Photos made on 127 film in a different size camera are welcome too.

127 Film Photography will publish all photos received (as long as they are in 127 format and do not contain images of nudity, violence, or exploitation).

I look forward to seeing your 127 Day photos!

Saturday, June 9, 2018

Saturday, June 2, 2018

Here is the method I use to cut 120 film down for use in 127 cameras - by Luke Taylor


I am offering a 3D printed cutting device on eBay (blue and yellow thing in the pictures) but any method to cut the roll will work.  My first device was nothing more than a shallow hole cut into a block and a utility knife blade screwed to the block.  The device has a recess in the yellow part to contain the end of the roll while the blue arm that houses a razor blade is lowered into the film.  Here are step by step instructions on how to use it.

With great care, it is possible to do steps 1 through 6 in subdued light.


Step 1: If you want to use the film in a 4x4cm camera that shows the film’s frame numbers in a red window, pay close attention to the roll orientation in the picture. This will preserve the 4cm frame numbers.  (The backing paper on 120 film has frame numbers for both 4 cm and 6 cm images; we want to use the 4cm frame numbers for 127 format). If you do not plan to use the film in a 4x4 camera that has a red window then it does not matter which end of the roll is cut off.


Step 2:  This picture shows the film roll in the recess hole in the yellow side of the cutter.  It is important to keep pressure on the roll as it is rotated to keep it bottomed out in this hole.  This will ensure the cut is even and at the correct depth.  It is also important that the rotation of the film is such that the drag of the blade is “tightening” the rolled film on the spool.  The picture shows this direction with a red arrow. 


Step 3: Rotate the film with one hand and apply moderate pressure downward on the blue cutter arm with the other.  Continue until the blade has cut through all of the film and backing paper.  You will notice the drag of the blade will increase when it contacts the plastic spool.  Do not attempt to cut off the spool; only the film and backing paper are to be cut.


Step 4 & 5:  Unspool a length of the backing paper until the “Start” marking is seen.  Be careful not to unspool too much paper - that will expose the film to light.  I use a big metal binder clip (as seen in Picture 5) to hold the remaining film on the spool while I prepare to cut off the excess paper.  Fold the backing paper in half lengthwise and make a diagonal cut.  This technique will ensure a very symmetrical “V” in the paper.  Bottoming out this “V” in the 127-spool slot will perfectly center the paper in the spool.  I would not attempt to cut any shape by “eye” because it won’t be centered well and will cause difficulty when loading to 127 spool.  The length is not very critical.  We are just trying to remove the excess amount so the completed spool diameter will not be too big.


Step 6: You can get the paper started on the 127 spool and clip it as well to prepare it for the transfer steps.

The remaining steps must be done in a darkroom or changing bag.


Step 7 & 8: In complete darkness roll the backing paper tightly onto the 127 spool until you feel the tape on the start of the film.  Carefully peel the tape off and save it (I just stick it to the back of my other hand).*


Step 9:  Carefully tuck the film into the partially rolled backing paper and continue to roll the film and backing paper onto the 127 spool.


Step 10 & 11:  While transferring be sure to allow slack between the 120 and 127 spool for the film and backing paper.  Because the 120 and 127 spools are different diameters, a buildup of excess film will happen.  I have been successful with letting go of the 120 spool once the 127 has a decent amount of material on it.  It may also be necessary to “tighten” the film on the 127 spool as you go to ensure it is fully seated on the new, smaller diameter spool.


Step 12:  When you’ve rolled to the end of the film, tape the film to the backing paper using the tape we saved from the beginning (Step 8).  This is also the time to mark the backing paper to indicate where the film is starting.  I use little stickers for this.
I am hoping this article will encourage more people to shoot images for the next 127 Day. 




*Note about Lomography film: I have found the tape they use to be INSANELY sticky. This has caused a lot of frustration when transferring the tape, FYI. 
- Luke Taylor 

Sunday, May 27, 2018

The end of ReraPan

A fellow 127 enthusiast told me last week that ReraPan has been discontinued.

I was surprised. A couple of weeks ago I bought some at a local camera store, and no one said anything about it.

Sadly, it's true.


Even more ominous,



A web search on "Rerapan discontinued" led me eventually to an announcement of this on Freestyle's Facebook page on March 8 ... yes, I am not on Facebook. Freestyle said in the comments on that post, "this isn't the end of ReraPan. #SecretProject."

So for now, at least, our options will be:
  1. bulk HP5+ (you can order this once a year; the ordering window for this year just ended);
  2. expired 127; and
  3. cutting down 120 film - watch this space for a new method!
There's speculation that ReraPan may have been respooled Acros. This makes sense in light of the  discontinuation of Acros. And in my humble opinion, explains why ReraPan is so beautiful.

I'll miss it ... as I know many of you will. And I'll stay hopeful about the secret project.

Saturday, May 19, 2018

Friday, May 11, 2018

Saturday, April 28, 2018

Saturday, March 3, 2018

127 Day Online Exhibition - January 27, 2018

Welcome to 127 Film Photography's 127 Day online exhibition! The images below were created by a small but enthusiastic group of artists across three continents, all photographing in 127 format on January 27, 2018.


 ©2018 Mike Maguire, Richard on the Car; Washington, DC, USA; Detrola HW, ReraPan



©2018 A. P. Mackie, Roger; Victoria, BC, Canada; Yashica 44, ReraPan



©2018 Takgyver, untitled; Victoria BC Canada; Baby Rolleiflex 2.8 Tessar (old standard), home-slit Ilford HP5+



©2018 S. Kaufman, 3rd Avenue Steam Vent at Night; New York, NY, USA; Kodak Pupille, HP5+ 400 pushed to 1600



©2018  K. Inagaki, Snow shovels; Hokkaido, Japan; Baby
Rolleiflex, Rerapan



©2018 Terry Byrne, Survivors; Princeton New Jersey, USA; Topcon Primo Jr, Ilford HP5+




© 2018 Eben Ostby, Gone Burger; Oakland, CA, USA; Whitehouse Beacon II with flipped lens, 46mm Kodak Portra 400 
 



©2018 Chuck Baker, Kerkje van Persingen; Persingen, The Netherlands; Ilford Sprite, Efke R100, expired 12/14




©2018 Nicholas Middleton, Wildlife Refuge; London, UK; Zeiss Ikon Box Tengor 54/18 ('Baby Box Tengor'); Ilford HP5 Plus




© 2018 Mika Morizaki, Slumbering afternoon, Kanagawa, Japan;  Rolleiflex 4x4, Rerapan




© 2018 Fredrick Walker, Road to Paradise; Mount Rainier National Park, Washington, USA;  Zeiss Ikon Baby Ikonta, ReraPan.




© 2018  J. M. Golding, To hold this day; northern California, USA; Yogi Bear camera, ReraPan


Join us for the next 127 Day, coming up soon on the 12 of July, 2018! If you'd like to be reminded of 127 Day and the submission deadline, please use the "Follow 127 Film Photography by email" link to the right. You'll receive not only reminders, but also posts about all things 127. Or email your request to 127filmformat ~ at ~ gmail.com, and you'll be added to the 127 Film Photography email list.



Sunday, February 25, 2018

Tuesday, February 27 is the deadline to submit photos for the January 27 127 Day online exhibition

The day after tomorrow, Tuesday, February 27, is the deadline to submit your 127-format photo taken on January 27, 2018. Please remember to email one photo, as described here. Photos will be published in an online exhibition right here at 127 Film Photography.

©2018 J. M. Golding, An evening stroll; northern California; Kodak Brownie Fiesta, Ansco All-Weather Pan, expired March 1963; http://www.jmgolding.com
I'm looking forward to seeing your 127 Day photos!

Saturday, February 10, 2018

Saturday, February 3, 2018

Sad Hymns of the Sea by Jim Rohan

© Jim Rohan, Sad Hymns of the Sea; Churchie’s Fried Chicken Official Spy Camera, Kodak Verichrome Pan, expired 1963

Saturday, January 27, 2018

Happy 127 Day!

Happy 127 Day!

I hope you're having a wonderful time making 127-format photos today.

©J. M. Golding, In the rush toward morning; northern California, USA; Yogi Bear 127 plastic camera, Ilford HP5+, http://www.jmgolding.com

Friday, January 26, 2018

Tomorrow is 127 Day!

Tomorrow (Saturday, January 27) is 127 Day

127 Film Photography will feature 127-format photographs made on January 27, 2018, in a special exhibition. You're invited to participate!

No fees, no competition, just a friendly virtual community joining together to make 127-format photos on January 27, 2018.

To show your work,
  1. Take 127-format photographs on January 27, 2018.
  2. Send one of your photographs from January 27 to 127 Film Photography. Please email one jpg file, 500 pixels wide, to 127filmformat ~at~ gmail.com, by February 27, 2018. (Hopefully this gives everyone enough time to get their film developed and scanned). The target date for publication of the exhibition is March 3, 2018.
  3. In the subject line of your email, type "January 2018 127 Day."
  4. In the body of the email, please include the copyright symbol, your name, the title of the photograph, location, camera and film types, and your website address (or other link to your work). In that order. Please follow this example:

    ©J. M. Golding, Friday morning, 8:13 a.m.; northern California, USA; Yogi Bear 127 plastic camera, Ilford HP5+, http://www.jmgolding.com

 All types of 127 film format are welcome, whether the film began its existence as 127, or you used 35 mm film in a 127 camera, or you respooled 46mm film, or you cut down 120 film to 127 size ... or maybe you have a technique that I don't know about yet - if so, please tell me so I can share it with others who love this format (with full credit to you, of course - or perhaps you'd like to write a short article for 127 Film Photography about it!). Photos made on 127 film in a different size camera are welcome too.


127 Film Photography will publish all photos received (as long as they are in 127 format and do not contain images of nudity, violence, or exploitation).

I look forward to seeing your 127 Day photos!

Saturday, January 20, 2018

One week till January 127 Day!


January 127 Day is only a week away! It takes place on Saturday, January 27 (1/27).

127 Film Photography will feature 127-format photographs made on January 27, 2018, in a special exhibition. You're invited to participate!

No fees, no competition, just a friendly virtual community joining together to make 127-format photos on January 27, 2018.

To show your work,
  1. Take 127-format photographs on January 27, 2018.
  2. Send one of your photographs from January 27 to 127 Film Photography. Please email one jpg file, 500 pixels wide, to 127filmformat ~at~ gmail.com, by February 27, 2018. (Hopefully this gives everyone enough time to get their film developed and scanned). The target date for publication of the exhibition is March 3, 2018.
  3. In the subject line of your email, type "January 2018 127 Day."
  4. In the body of the email, please include the copyright symbol, your name, the title of the photograph, location, camera and film types, and your website address (or other link to your work). In that order. Please follow this example:

    ©J. M. Golding, untitled, northern California, USA, Yashica 44M, Ilford HP5+, http://www.jmgolding.com
All types of 127 film format are welcome, whether the film began its existence as 127, or you used 35 mm film in a 127 camera, or you respooled 46mm film, or you cut down 120 film to 127 size ... or maybe you have a technique that I don't know about yet - if so, please tell me so I can share it with others who love this format (with full credit to you, of course - or perhaps you'd like to write a short article for 127 Film Photography about it!). Photos made on 127 film in a different size camera are welcome too. 

127 Film Photography will publish all photos received (as long as they are in 127 format and do not contain images of nudity, violence, or exploitation).

I look forward to seeing your 127 Day photos!

Geeking Out on the Possible Origins of ReraPan



One of my favorite podcasts is Sunny 16. On last week’s episode, among other things, hosts Graeme and Rachel referred to a 127-format film that was made in a disused bicycle factory in Japan and was called something like Retropan. Of course I was intrigued!

I thought, that really sounds like ReraPan. As far as I know, ReraPan (a black and white negative film) is the only 127-format film currently being made* – that is, as you can buy it as rolls of film that are ready to pop into your camera and go (as compared to, say, bulk 46mm film). I knew it was from Japan, but I didn’t know much else. So I poked around the Interwebs to learn more. 

I knew (based on the film's labeling) that ReraPan is made by a company called Kawauso-shoten, so I started there. Of course, their website is almost entirely in Japanese, which I don't read, although it became clear to me that this was an online store devoted to analogue photography. I did find the page from which it's possible to buy ReraPan from them. They also sell a lot of other films. But despite using a lot of Google Translate, I didn't find anything about where ReraPan is manufactured. The "about this site" page describes Kawauso-shoten as part of EZOX Corporation, which (per Google Translate), "handles" products that include "photographic supplies, miscellaneous goods, bicycles and related products." Aha ... bicycles! Text on the page refers to a commitment to prevent analogue photography from becoming extinct and to enjoyment of what they term film culture.

There's a discussion on Photrio that includes some well-informed speculation about ReraPan's origins. One post offered a link to an APUG page that looked as if it could be informative, but the link was broken, and searches failed to turn it up on Photrio.

However, Wikipedia offered a partial answer. Now I realize that Wikipedia is not a definitive source of truth, and the article was clearly outdated, but it was interesting to read this: "In August 2014, Maco announced that they would be selling black-and-white 127 film under the ReraPan brand. This film is manufactured in Japan by EZOX Corporation, who are better known for manufacturing agricultural equipment and bicycles." Bicycles!

The possibility comes up in the Photrio discussion that EZOX may be assembling rolls of film made by another company. This is consistent with the labeling on the film cans, which says "assembled" in Japan, as well as the actual wording of the Wikipedia article, which says that Maco was selling ReraPan, not making it (and indeed, ReraPan is available on the Maco Direct website ... as are many other films). One person who posted noticed that the development instructions for ReraPan are the same as the instructions for Rollei RPX100. 

To further complicate things, a recent discussion on Photo Net suggests that Rollei's films, in turn, are made by Agfa Gevaert in Belgium. Wikipedia describes Maco as a "supplier" (although not manufacturer) of Agfa films, among other things, and goes on to say that most of Maco's films are sold under the Rollei label. Nik & Trick Photo Services describes Rollei 400S film as being made in Belgium by Agfa Gevaert. Their description of Rollei RPX100 (the film that's apparently most similar to ReraPan) doesn't include this text, but the page is shown as being in "Rollei," "Agfa," and "Maco" categories. I couldn't find any reference to Rollei, Agfa, Maco, or ReraPan films on Agfa's website (other than Aviphot aerial films). 

So ... ReraPan's origins aren't completely clear. But it seems reasonable to speculate that it might be something like rebranded Rollei RPX100, made in Belgium by Agfa Gevaert (in bulk) and assembled (as roll film) in Japan by EZOX  ... in a disused bicycle factory.

In any case, it's a very beautiful film, as you can see from these examples (as well as many in the 127 Day exhibitions on this very site), and a joy to use! I hope it stays in production for a very, very long time.


*Sadly, it appears that ReraChrome color transparency film is no longer being made.







Monday, January 8, 2018

127 Day Online Exhibition - December 7, 2017

Welcome to 127 Film Photography's 127 Day online exhibition! The images below were created by artists across three continents, all photographing in 127 format on December 7, 2017.

Join us for the next 127 Day, coming up soon on January 27, 2018! If you'd like to be reminded of 127 Day and the submission deadline, please use the "Follow 127 Film Photography by email" link to the right. You'll receive not only reminders, but also posts about all things 127. Or email your request to me at 127filmformat ~ at ~ gmail.com, and I'll gladly add you to the 127 Day email list.


©2017 Mike Maguire; 14th Street; Washington, DC, USA; Detrola KW camera; ReraPan 100


©2017 Terry Byrne; Night; New Jersey, USA; Primo Jr., Ilford HP5+


©2017  K. Inagaki, A morning after heavy snow in Hokkaido, Japan; Baby Rolleiflex; Rerapan 100


©2017 James Tappin, It was that sort of day; Rutherford Appleton Lab, Oxfordshire, England; Yashica 44, Pan 400 (= HP5+ cut down professionally)



©2017 Slim Blanks, untitled; Chicago, IL, USA; Exakta VP type B; Gevaert Superchrome, expired 1949



©2017 J. M. Golding, This is how you return; northern California, USA; Kodak Brownie Fiesta; Kodak Verichrome Pan, expired 1975