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In almost perfect condition, no less. I had a feeling that at least this one would be okay. The last five photos here (http://pleasewipeyourfeet.com/photowhore) were taken on Efke 100 with the camera. They aren't quite full frame because the full frame is slightly too large to fit in the 35mm negative carrier.
And yeah, the photos suck...I just wanted to see what it could do.
For the lazy people.
A bit more information. The camera takes 16 photos on 127 film. It has a fixed focus 50mm lens. I have papers with the camera dating it made in 1943. It was made in New York City. Kind of an interesting piece of history. It's in almost perfect shape, which surprises me for a camera of this age, and cost $3.50 when made. Looks like it was never used. I think the only way I'd be able to use it is if I could respool 35mm film onto the 127 spools. Kodak still makes Portra in 46mm bulk rolls, but I'm not really wanting color film.
So yeah...this is the oldest point and shoot camera I have.
Oh, and I just realized that this camera is also a prime candidate for a pinhole camera...and, to tell you the truth, I think that's all it really is. The lens is plastic...probably doesn't really do much.
The last big hardcopy B&H catalog that I got did list a couple film items in 127 size. I forget what they are, but I was kinda surprised to see they still stocked them. They even had some 620 as well.
620 cost at least $8 per roll at B&H (Kodak Plus-X Pan, iso125). I know, I bought a few rolls a few weeks ago when I was in NYC. BTW, it's all respooled 120 film, worth $4 per roll or less.
Stephanie kindly gave me a roll of Efke 127 film. I like Efke film. The Efke KB100 35mm film is very nice and soups well in Rodinal 1/100.
Looks nice - I get slightly dizzy when seeing photos like these, with so much coma though - a bit like a Holga as far as corner unsharpness goes, but without the vignetting. Especially looking at #3 makes me go crazy! ;) a bit like those optical games - look at it long enough, and it seems to move...
nice photos though!
I've thought long and hard about what film I want to try in a bulk roll with my "new" bulk roller...I may decide to try Efke 50. I'll have plenty of ISO 400 and 100 film, but I'm out of Pan-F finally so no more 50. The only problem I had with the film was that it *is* very curly. It was actually hard to get on the reel when I went to develop it. A couple of my clips worked well to keep it straight while drying, though.
Also, as an aside, I bucked my usual Rodinal 1:100 development and went for Rodinal 1:50 this time...probably why there's more visible grain. I kind of like the grain, though...Rodinal 1:50 may be what I use with Efke 100 at least.
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