Christmas holidays was near; was December 24, when I decided to enter the attic to find the box with the usual ornaments – Not this bag, not this box, it neither… oh! What about this? I had not seen it before… What’s in it? - A Nerasport Camera!
I opened the flaps of the box and found a dirty old bag. I looked inside and pulled out a bunch of old toys, and…A CAMERA! Yes, a small and compact camera, made in a lovely gray and black plastic. What a Christmas surprise! It was dirty, dusty and not properly maintained… with all my love I cleaned it and saw a name “NERASPORT” and an extremely pretty camera!
I didn’t know this camera and I thought the owner didn’t have much appreciation because that old bag wasn’t in the trash I don’t know why! – Oh yes! A Christmas miracle… Quickly I opened the camera and saw: Uses 127 film -What? and a 3×4 format -eins? Crown Glass lens and says nothing more. Ugh! Not to mention the focus or shutter speed or aperture or ISO. It is compact, strong, simple, unpretentious and she was screaming: Don’t think, SHOOT!
-But, I don’t know how? Where do I buy a 127 roll film now? I remembered this format in this article “Primera aventura con una Kodak Brownie Fiesta”:http://www.lomography.es/magazine/reviews/2010/05/07/primera-aventura-con-una-kodak-brownie-fiesta by “miedu”:http://www.lomography.es/homes/miedu and how difficult was to find one. I know it is a medium format film introduced by Kodak in 1912 as an alternative for 120 format and for use in amateurs cameras. Kodak finished the production in 1995. But is possible to find some rolls online, produced in countries like Croatia – The problem is to find a lab.
But when I opened the back of the camera I saw a metal that could hold a film of 35mm hooked the other side with the typical medium format system. wow! fantastic – Let`s try!
No problem, a 35mm film fits perfectly and the holes are exposed! I love it! The advance wheel does not stop, you must control it if you overlapping images or not. Also, you must cover the holes in the backdoor of the camera if you don’t want to have problems with light. I tried to find instructions of the Nerasport. Unfortunately, I only can say it shoots at 1/100 and was manufactured in Spain (‘Black Industrial SA’) between 1960 and 1965.
Anyway, I’m ready! I looked to the sky… Sun is coming! Jumped outside and shot, shot, shot…
According to the results I can say that is better not to use this camera to take photos to close objects because it seems blurry. However for landscape is not bad at all, although the perfect focused photos are not possible… The colors are saturated, greens especially… perfect! Lights and shadows are acceptable… I see in some photos a pink stain mmmmm… It makes me suspect that I have to cover the holes in the backdoor better!
What do you think?