Film for 127 cameras

Manufacturing update: it has proven unexpectedly difficult to put this film back into production. I have spent seven months motorizing and automating the assembly jig that I was using previously. I thought it would take seven weeks. As of today (August 1, 2017) the winding mechanism and associated sensors are working well, but inconsistently. I am taking a quick break to update this web site, and will now begin troubleshooting. I expect to find one or two minor wiring problems having to do with weak solder joints. When they've been dealt with, the machine should produce consistently-excellent rolls of 127 film, at a reasonable production rate (my production speed previously was fewer than 10 rolls per hour). I will try to be better about keeping this web page updated with accurate forecasts about when the films will be back in stock at the warehouse. Thanks very much for your continuing patience.

The Brownie Starflash pictured here is typical of the fun, easy-to-use '50s-'60s cameras that perform well with our 127 films and M2B flash bulbs.

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    • Bluefire Murano 400, newly manufactured, per roll:

      Color print film (standard C-41 process), ISO 400.

      If this is out of stock, you can pre-order. Your payment will not be processed until the order is shipped. Estimated in-stock date: August 15, 2017.
      This film has perforations on one edge. Please read the details before you order.
      Bluefire Murano 400 details

      Buy Bluefire Murano 400


    • Bluefire Murano 160, newly manufactured, per roll:

      Color print film (standard C-41 process), ISO 160.

      If this is out of stock, you can pre-order. Your payment will not be processed until the order is shipped. Estimated in-stock date: August 15, 2017.

      Buy Bluefire Murano 160


    • Bluefire Pan 400, newly manufactured, per roll:

      Black and white print film (Ilford HP5 spooled for 127 cameras), ISO 400.

      If this is out of stock, you can pre-order. Your payment will not be processed until the order is shipped. Estimated in-stock date: August 15, 2017.

      Buy Bluefire Pan 400


    • Rera Pan 100, newly manufactured, per roll:

      Black and white print film, ISO 100.

      Available for immediate shipment.

      Buy Rera Pan 100


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Brownie Starflash with film and flash bulbs

Bluefire® Murano 160 or Rera Pan 100 is the best choice for simple, single-speed cameras.

Two Primo-Jr cameras, one with light meter

All of the 127 films offered here work well in sophisticated cameras with adjustable shutters and lenses.

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Film for 110 cameras

Kodak's Pocket Instamatic film was widely available from 1972 until the late 1990s. Cameras using this film vary from basic and inexpensive, with primative lenses, to sophisticated and highly capable, with sharp, fast lenses. If you want a pocket full of photographic dynamite, find a good quality Kodak, Canon, Minolta, or other 110 camera on your favorite auction site or at your local thrift store, and order a supply of our inexpensive outdated 110 film for experimenting.

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    • 110-12, ISO 100, long outdated

      This film is long outdated and shows considerable color shift. It is an excellent choice for images with a decidely retro look. Note there are only 12 images per roll.


      per roll:
      Buy 110-12, ISO 100


    • 110-24 made by AGFA, new old stock, per roll:

      "New old stock" means this film is outdated and shows some loss of color and contrast, but still gives reasonably good images.

      House brand film made by Agfa, shown with Ansco 50 minicamera
      Shown with Ansco 50 minicamera, available separately

      Buy 110-24 made by AGFA


    • Life brand 110-24, made by Konica, outdated, per roll:

      This film shows deterioration and is suited for experimental photography.

      Buy 110-24 made by Konica


    • Fujicolor 110-24, new old stock, per roll:

      "New old stock" means this film is outdated and shows some loss of color and contrast, but still gives acceptable images. You may receive Fujicolor or Fujicolor Superia (no choice available, unfortunately).

      Fuji 110 film

      If this is out of stock, you can pre-order. Your payment will not be processed until the order is shipped. Expected to be in stock on April 17, 2017.
      Buy Fujicolor 110-24


    • Solaris 110-24, new old stock, per roll:

      This film is outdated but has been stored cold, and gives excellent images. It may be the best 110 color film available anywhere today.

      ..about using expired film


      Solaris 110 film

      Buy solaris 110-24

    • Ansco 50 minicamera, new old stock:

      If this is out of stock, you can pre-order. Your payment will not be processed until the order is shipped.
      Ansco 50 minicamera for 110 film

      Buy Ansco 50 minicamera

    • Ansco 50 minicamera, with one roll of York brand color film:

      If this is out of stock, you can pre-order. Your payment will not be processed until the order is shipped.
      Ansco 50 minicamera with one roll of 110 film

      Buy Ansco 50 minicamera with York film


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110 film examples
Kodak, Fuji, Agfa, Konica and Ferrania all made excellent 110 films and sold them under their own brand names. All except Kodak also packaged them for mass-market retailers as "house brand" films. Rattan chair photographed on 110 film with sharp detail
How good is 110 film? Check the rendition of detail in this image, photographed with Fujicolor 110 using a Pentax 110 SLR camera with a 50mm lens.

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Film for APS cameras

APS film, Kodak Advantix 400-25

APS cameras are very easy to use, often have excellent lenses, and there's no good reason for that one in your drawer to stay there. Very few photofinishers charge a premium for processing APS any more. Test your camera with a cartridge or two of our outdated Kodak 400, and have the lab print it as black and white.

APS film at the Calgary Stampede

This outdated APS film's color and contrast has deteriorated. Printing it as black and white snaps it back to life.

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Flash bulbs

For that unbeatable retro 1950s-1960s look, you need the long duration and unique color temperature of a proper flash bulb, flash cube, flash bar, or flipflash. And we have them in stock.

  • Magicubes, also known as X-cubes, per package of 3 cubes (4 flashes per cube):

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  • Buy Magicubes
  • Flashcubes, per package of 3 cubes (4 flashes per cube):

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  • AG1B flash bulbs, blue (for color or b/w film), per package of 12:

    Buy AG1B bulbs
  • M2B bulbs, blue (for color or b/w film), per package of 12:

    Buy M2B bulbs
  • Flashbars, blue (for color or b/w film), 12 flashes per bar, one bar per package:

    Buy Flashbars
  • Flipflash, blue (for color or b/w film), ten flashes per bar, one bar per package:

    Buy Flipflash

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Flash bulbs
Magicube detail

Magicubes have an X-shaped post (which is why they are also known as X-cubes) with a square hole. There are no wires because no battery is needed to flash them.

Camera with socket for Magicube

If your camera has a socket like this, with a square post, it uses Magicubes.

Flash cube detail

Flash cubes have a round hole and electrical contacts. If your camera uses a flash battery, and has a round post, it uses flash cubes.

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Process your film at home

No darkroom required.

  • AP processing tankHighest quality AP brand processing tank, for color or b/w film, with two easy-load film reels for 35mm, 120/620, or 127 film:

    Buy AP processing tank
  • Yankee Clipper processing tank Inexpensive Yankee Clipper brand processing tank, one adjustable film reel, for 110/16mm, 35mm, 120/620, or 127 film:

    Buy Clipper tank now
  • Film changing bag, 17" x 17", for loading medium-format and 35mm film into a small processing tank in the field without a darkroom:

    Buy small dark bag now
  • Film changing bag, roomier than the above (19"x19"):

    Buy medium dark bag now
  • Film changing bag, 27"x30", for handling sheet films and loading large processing tanks outside your darkroom:

    Buy large dark bag now
  • Use a good thermometer and keep solutions at the correct temperature for consistent results.

  • Dial thermometer
    Darkroom thermometer, 2" easy-reading dial:

    Buy dial thermometer now
  • Darkroom thermometer, 6" long conventional glass tube type, special durable double-wall construction for use in tanks or to float in trays:

    Buy glass thermometer now
  • Sodium thiosulfate fixer, dry powder mix (non-hardening), makes 1 litre:

    Buy fixer now
  • Spotstat™ photographic wetting agent, environmentally friendly and anti-static (15 ml, processes up to 600 rolls of film):

    Buy Spotstat 15 ml now
  • Spotstat, 250 ml bottle:

    Buy Spotstat 250 ml now

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AP processing tank in use

A processing tank, thermometer, and dark-bag are all you need if you don't have a darkroom available.

Easy-load film reel with thumb flanges

The AP tank's film reels are very easy to load, thanks to their broad thumb flanges.

Dark bag double zipper detail

Your dark-bag's durable, double-layer construction makes it light-tight, even in the field.

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Information about the products we manufacture and sell online

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More about 127 film

127 film was introduced in 1913 by Eastman Kodak, along with their Vest Pocket Kodak camera. Kodak discontinued 127 in 1995, and the other major manufacturers soon followed.

127 film is 46mm wide, carrying a 4cm square, or 4x6cm image, depending on the camera. Most cameras mask the image down to about 36mm in width.

Bluefire®brand color films are spooled onto new spindles, with new backing material, using Kodak or Konica professional films originally packaged for long-roll cameras. They are processed in standard C-41 chemistry. Any processing machine that can develop professional medium format roll films can develop 127 films. Your local lab will probably be able to develop your film, but may not have the specialized lenses and masks needed to make inexpensive machine prints. You should probably plan on scanning your negative on a flatbed film scanner, and printing the scans at a photo kiosk or at home on your inkjet printer.

Bluefire Pan 400 is Ilford HP5 assembled into 127 rolls in our workshop. Most photo labs can develop it for you, and it can easily be developed at home with a minimum of equipment and inconvenience. Unless you own an enlarger, you will probably have to scan your negatives in order to print from the scans.

Our ISO 100 Rera Pan is made in Japan and imported by us for resale on this web site. It is an excellent slow-speed film, and recommended for simple, non-adjustable cameras, which were designed for films of this sensitivity, as well as for professional-grade equipment.

    • Bluefire Murano 400, newly manufactured, per roll:

      Color print film (standard C-41 process), ISO 400.

      If this is out of stock, you can pre-order. Your payment will not be processed until the order is shipped. Estimated in-stock date: August 15, 2017.
      This film has perforations on one edge. Please read the details before you order.
      Bluefire Murano 400 details

      Buy Bluefire Murano 400

    • Bluefire Murano 160, newly manufactured, per roll:

      Color print film (standard C-41 process), ISO 160.

      If this is out of stock, you can pre-order. Your payment will not be processed until the order is shipped. Estimated in-stock date: August 15, 2017.

      Buy Bluefire Murano 160

    • Bluefire Pan 400, newly manufactured, per roll:

      Black and white print film (Ilford HP5 spooled for 127 cameras), ISO 400.

      If this is out of stock, you can pre-order. Your payment will not be processed until the order is shipped. Estimated in-stock date: August 15, 2017.

      Buy Bluefire Pan 400

    • Rera Pan 100, newly manufactured, per roll:

      Black and white print film, ISO 100.

      Available for immediate shipment.

      Buy Rera Pan 100

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Hobart Building, San Francisco, photographed on Bluefire Murano 160 film

The Hobart Building, San Francisco. Photographed with Bluefire Murano 160 film in a Yashica 44 TLR.

Brownie Starflash with film and flash bulbs

Select Bluefire Murano 160 or Rera Pan 100 for simple cameras. Use flash when taking pictures indoors or in deep shade. In adjustable cameras these films are suitable for most lighting conditions.

Primo-Jr cameras

In cameras with adjustable shutters and f-stops, Bluefire Murano 400 and Bluefire Pan 400 can be used in low light levels without flash.

More about 110 film

The 110 films we sell will fit any camera designed for the Kodak 110 "Pocket Instamatic" cartridge.

Most film labs are able to develop 110 film, but few will still have the special masks and lenses required to print it. You should plan on scanning your negatives, and then printing the scans at a photo kiosk or at home on an inkjet printer.

110 negatives are tiny, only 12x17mm. Photos made with low-end cameras rarely enlarge well beyond about 4x6 inches. However, the film itself is capable of holding excellent detail, and images made in capable high-end cameras, like the Kodak Instamatic 60 or Canon 110 11E, can be surprisingly good. Several excellent 110 SLR cameras made by Minolta and Pentax are also capable of truly excellent images.

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Details about products and processes

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About Magicubes and Flash cubes

These are four AG1 flashbulbs sealed in a plastic cube that mounts in a socket on compatible cameras. You get the simplicity and power of the AG1 bulb in a package that is much easier to handle and isn't as risky (bare flashbulbs can burn you, or shatter when ignited).

Your camera manual will tell you what kind of cubes to use, and how to use them. Several thousand legacy camera manuals are online at Orphan Cameras. You can download manuals without charge, but I encourage you to donate to help support the site.

Flashcubes are ignited by a battery, and have conductive wires visible on the socket. Magicubes do not need a battery and no wires are visible.

Pay attention to the instructions on the package, and you should be able to get well-exposed negatives, neither too harsh nor too dim. Like AG1 bulbs, cubes only illuminate out to a few feet, so it is pointless using them in a stadium or at a concert.

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About Magicubes

Magicubes require no battery to flash, relying instead on a mechanical linkage in the camera applying force against a piezoelectric igniter mounted in the magicube body.

My understanding is that Magicubes were only manufactured using blue-colored bulbs, which makes them suitable for either black and white or color films.

Your camera manual will tell you what mechanism it uses to rotate the cube after each bulb is expended. Some require you to turn the cube, others turn it automatically. An excellent source of legacy camera manuals is Orphan Cameras. You can download manuals without charge, but I encourage you to donate to help support the site.

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About Flashcubes

Like Magicubes, these are four AG1 flashbulbs assembled into a plastic cube that mounts in a socket on compatible cameras. They are ignited by a battery installed in your camera.

Unlike Magicubes, flash cubes are available with both clear and blue bulbs. You can use either with black and white film, but only blue bulbs will give you natural colors with color films.

Your camera manual will tell you what battery you need, and the mechanism it uses to rotate the cube after each bulb is expended. Some require you to turn the cube, others turn it automatically. An excellent source of scanned legacy camera manuals is Orphan Cameras. You can download manuals without charge, but I encourage you to donate to help support the site.

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About APS film

The Kodak Advantix APS film offered here is long outdated, and has significant color and contrast loss, which is why it costs so little. At this price, you can use it for experimental photography, and it's an ideal film for testing an APS camera.

To get the most benefit from this film, have your local lab develop it normally but print it as black and white. You can also have the negative roll scanned, and correct the images on your computer. An excellent free program that I use regularly for photo cleanup is Paint.net, which you can download and use without payment.

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About Bluefire Murano 400

Bluefire® Murano 400 brand color film is Kodak Portra NC 400 that was originally packaged in long rolls, for use in a specialized long-roll camera. It has perforations along one edge. These are rectangular perforations about 1mm wide and 2mm deep, 1mm from the edge, spaced about 60mm apart.

Most 127 cameras give an image 36mm wide on 46mm wide film, leaving a 5mm wide edge along the top and bottom of the image. The perforation should not intrude into your image.

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How and why to use outdated film

Most film is useful long past its printed "process-before" date. Click here to find out more.

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About Bluefire Police 35mm film

Bluefire® Police™ is a 35mm black and white film that can be enlarged to mural size with no apparent grain. I'm in the process of adding it to this new version of the web site. For now, I must ask you to visit the previous version of the site (it's not mobile-friendly) to see and buy this remarkable film: Click here to be taken back in time.

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About us

Frugal Photographer's first day on the World Wide Web was September 1, 2001. It was a different world then. I got into the business because I wanted to use a very nice 127 camera I had just acquired, and the only place I could buy 127 film was from a factory in Croatia, and they wanted me to buy thousands of rolls at a time. A few years later, when they shut down, I made the decision to manufacture 127 film. Well...sometimes it's fun, sometimes it's not, but I'm still at it, with no plans to quit soon.

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