Compra todos los productos de tu marca favorita en un solo lugar

Getting the Most Out of Your Vintage Film Camera

Although the traditional camera has been largely replaced by the digital age, vintage cameras and photography are hobbies with plenty of enthusiasts who appreciate the art form of film photography. The feeling of developing your roll is unique and cant be replicated with the immediate gratification of digital cameras. In addition, the particular patina of this style of photography is in a class all of its own. Companies, such as Kodak, still produce and develop film, so its possible for you to purchase and develop your rolls without too much difficulty.

What Is 127 Film?

127 film is a style of roll film, with 12 exposures per roll each measuring 46mm wide. First introduced in 1912, it remained a common film choice before fading in use in the 1960s. It reached its heyday through the mid-20th century as snapshot photography become more accessible as opposed to the austere, formal, and long exposure photos of the early 1900s.

  • Amateur cameras, such as the Brownie or Kolibri, often used it for casual photography.
  • As time went on, cameras with more superior lenses used 127 film, which would permit you to enlarge the photos rather than print out only the standard size. Having the option to enlarge increased their desirability in the marketplace.
  • As interest in classic photography grew, companies began the reproduction of 127 film. Its possible to buy both black-and-white and colored film for your camera from boutique manufacturers, and many enthusiasts utilize 35mm rolls in the cameras.

What Are 127 Film Cameras?

Cameras accommodating 127 film were generally affordable and designed for everyday, casual use. Used for family snapshots or holiday pictures, they consisted of plastic—earlier models featured Bakelite and metal—and were hardwearing, making them ideal for a day at the beach or park.

  • One of the most used models of the 127 camera was the Brownie by Kodak. Released in the early 1950s, this camera sold millions of copies in just the first couple of years, taking the British market in particular by storm. Easy to use, it features only two controls - an advance knob and a point-and-shoot button.
  • Their compact size and easy-to-use function makes them a great camera for the beginner traditionalist photographer as they have a single or at most two shutter speeds and dont require focusing and setup.
  • The photographs also print to slides in a 4 cm by 4 cm format on a traditional projector. Once again, although having less market influence with the advent of digital photography, there is still a strong hobby community for slides.

Content provided for informational purposes only. eBay is not affiliated with or endorsed by Kodak.