How to Make Your Own 127 Film

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Here's a quick tipster on how you can make your own 127 film out of an old roll of 127 film and a normal 35mm film.

I just bought a cute little box camera on eBay without knowing anything about it. When I received it I noticed that this camera takes some special film I haven’t heard about before: 127 film.

This format is really great; some kind of a smaller version of a 120 roll, but unfortunately nowadays, it’s just available as a black & white film with ISO 100.

So, because I don’t want to shoot just ISO 100 B&W film with my new camera and a normal 35mm film canister doesn’t fit in (like in most of the 127 cameras), I decided to make my own 127 film which is really easy to do:

You need:

  • an old roll of 127 film
  • 35mm film
  • darkroom / changing bag

So what you do is that you just stick the 35mm film onto the inner face of the 127 roll where the normal 127 film was attached once and roll it up again. Of course, you have to do this in your darkroom.

The great thing is that you get sprockets onto your photos with this method.

Here are some sample shots I’ve done with an ISO 400 film in a 127 roll.

Accidentally something was wrong with the lens of the camera so the photos didn’t come out that sharp…

written by erk on 2012-05-10 in #gear #tipster #quickie-tipster #quick-tipster #tipster #tip #diy #small #120-roll #127-film #lab #film #tutorial #lomography

23 Comments

  1. stylicgandii
    stylicgandii ·

    Very Nice Article...this will be useful for my Kodak Brownie Holiday Camera which uses a 127mm film. Any Advice how many clicks/turn to get a equal amount on the converted 135mm Film?

  2. erk
    erk ·

    @stylicgandii When your using the paperback of the old 127 roll then you still have those numbers on the back that are showing you when to take a picture / stop winding.

  3. ginny
    ginny ·

    Nice!

  4. gvelasco
    gvelasco ·

    Great tip.

  5. simonh82
    simonh82 ·

    Good tip, I've got an empty roll of 127 and a camera to take it, i've just not got round to doing this yet. Also, you can get colour 127 film. Rollei Crossbird is available in 127 size from places like macodirect. This is the same film as the Lomo Xpro 200, it comes from the old Agfa RSXII emulsion.

  6. erk
    erk ·

    Right, it's a very nice film but the 127 version is quite expensive... The diy-version is much cheaper ;)

  7. twinklecat
    twinklecat ·

    Wooohoo! This is the first 35mm-127 respooling demo I've seen with a picture of how to actually respool the film! Thanks!

  8. sirio174
    sirio174 ·

    great idea!

  9. milou2011
    milou2011 ·

    There is some places where you can still find real 127 mm online. One of them is B&H...

  10. milou2011
    milou2011 ·

    And for those who have a Yashica 44, there is a none destructive way to make a 35 mm fit in your camera. As long as you have a 127mm spool. And here is another way I just discover, but didn't try yet.

    www.youtube.com/watch?v=o-HLR-k_qOE

  11. stylicgandii
    stylicgandii ·

    Great tips+Article!

  12. johnccc
    johnccc ·

    What a brilliant idea !

  13. jack_delaney
    jack_delaney ·

    these are really nice and full of character. great idea too

  14. clickiemcpete
    clickiemcpete ·

    Very nice!

  15. adam_g2000
    adam_g2000 ·

    fabulous, love the pics too!

  16. djramsay
    djramsay ·

    fantastic

  17. brandkow93
    brandkow93 ·

    good tip, seen this on youtbe before. recently shot a roll of the efke 127 in a kodak hawkeye,itsa great format and recomend you try a roll out.

  18. gibri
    gibri ·

    great!

  19. chilledvondub
    chilledvondub ·

    this is a good tip! but you can buy both colourslide dedicated to xpro (Rollei Crossbird 127) and Efke still to this day make B&W 127 by hand and you can get them cheap online :)

  20. rancliffhasenza
    rancliffhasenza ·

    Yeah, i've been looking for a modification like that for ages! But one question. do you put the 35mm film back into the capsule or leave it in the empty 127 film, after shootong it through? if yes, how? :)

  21. erk
    erk ·

    @rancliffhasenza if you don't develop it by yourself you should but it back into the 35mm can so your lab knows which spool they have to take for developing

  22. danbarry
    danbarry ·

    I was just given a couple of 127 camera's. This is the plan...

  23. anderstorpfoto
    anderstorpfoto ·

    There is annoher way! Bye a film from Rollei - I was told that they have started a production. As far as i remember FOTOIMPEX in Berlin sells it!

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