|Foth Derby 1930s camera|
I've mentioned the 620-film format in my post about the Kodak Duoflex TLR, which is the same size negative as 120-film only on a different (and uncompatible) spool.
Some great cameras were made for the 127-films. The image size is most commonly 40x40 mm which is 12 images on a roll. The second most common seems to be 40x25 mm which produces 16. A rare one is the 40x65 mm.
I got me a Foth Derby 127 camera a while back. It didn't work. They rarely do, I came to realize after some research. That's not strange, really, since they were manufactured before the war, and sported cloth shutters similar to your Canon SLR:s and rangefinders of the 50s and up to the eighties. Glue and cloth ages a tad in 70-odd years. The Derbys with working shutters go for big bucks. Mine did come to some use since I modded the lens to use on my M42 mount SLR:s which I've written about in the past.
The finder is very small but I got used to it after a while.
I haven't yet developed the first roll to see what the 45 mm lens could accomplish.
As you can see - unlike the other cameras I've tested (not counting the Derby) - it has full manual control of exposure just like any other TLR of quality. The 44 in the name is of course an allusion to the 4x4 cm image format.
Since the film is smaller size than 120 film the camera body is also smaller than other TLR:s.
I haven't yet developed the two films I've exposed on this one.
Speaking about the film type the availability nowadays is scarce. There is a japanese brand which sells black & white 100 and 400 ASA film and there is also a company in the UK which cuts and respools 400 ASA black & white Ilford film onto 127 film spools. I haven't seen any colour films. I've bought rolls ranging from €10-20.
[Update August 2019. I have bought a colour positive film (actually dual C-41/E-6 process) from MacroDirect. There is also Rera Chrome colour film available. So far Lomography haven't issued any 127 film.]
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