Wednesday, December 25, 2013
I just wanted to take a moment to share my hopes for this Holiday Season with all my friends and followers. Its been quite a year for photography and I will be posting my thoughts on the past year and expectations for the new year shortly but until then my wish for all of you is that you remember the reason for the season and enjoy a Merry Christmas and a very happy and prosperous New Year.
Sunday, December 8, 2013
I guess I wasn’t really paying much attention to what’s going on in the world of 127 film. Recently, I stumbled across a Flickr thread bemoaning the demise of this historic film format. I started asking around and was stunned to discover that I totally missed the news that 127 is no longer in regular commercial production and existing inventory stock is quickly running out.
As of yesterday the only 127 film available is some 160 color film at Blue Moon and some 800 Rollei Nightbird at B&H and Freestyle - no black and white anywhere!
That’s the bad news. Tragic really, introduced by Kodak in 1912, 127 film was a staple of family picture taking for over 100 years. Tremendously popular throughout the early 20th century it began to lose out to the plethora of 126’s and 110’s in the 1970’s and 1980’s but still has a dedicated cult-like following even today.
The good news is that apparently 127 film fans are vocal and relentless and the latest news indicates that there have been some special runs of bulk 46mm film. Rumors abound but it seems pretty certain that there is some HP5 floating around and maybe even some Portra.
These stocks have to be bought in bulk (50 to 500 foot rolls) and then spooled onto 127 film reels. Although I have a change bag this is not how I would want to spend my spare time so I was heartened to find out from Mike Raso at the FPP that they plan to have 127 film in stock within the next 4 to 6 weeks (hopefully in time for Christmas)!
The same kind of thing happened with larger than 8 x 10 format films. Kodak now only does special runs when they get enough demand to justify a certain size. This may just be the way of the future for film stock other than the commonly used ones (like 35mm, 120 and a few larger sizes) that have a big enough following to justify continuous commercial production.
The days of being able to run into the store to buy film on the way to where ever you’re going are pretty much over but film, even 127, is far from dead. We just have to plan ahead now.