Looking through the review articles I was surprised to find nobody has done a review of the Kodak Brownie 127 model, particularly as it lends itself so well to taking 35mm film.
On the recent Lomo Roadshow in Manchester, I stumbled upon a lovely (if slightly overpriced) second hand shop named Retitled. Alongside their collection of original Lomo Smena Symbol cameras, they had some lovely Kodak Brownie 127 cameras from the 1960s and I was transfixed. The man that runs the shop and his wife are total Brownie enthusiasts, which I myself was not. Hearing him talk about these lovely little bakelite cameras is kind of infectious and it is impossible to leave the shop not wanting one. As it was my birthday, my lovely other half treated me to one of the pricier models which had never been used and came with a carry case and original Kodak instruction book.
The man in the shop turned out not to be just a mere enthusiast, but also a bit of a Brownie crusader! He sells the cameras with a roll of 35mm film and shows the buyer how to load it, how to shoot with it, how far to turn it between frames and loads of other tips. He also takes groups out around Manchester shooting as part of a Brownie 127/35mm film workshop on a Sunday morning once a month. He LOVES these cameras. And as a result I LOVED buying one from him. I took my camera out and around Leeds and then on to the Lomo Trip in Brighton to see how it fared.
The only problem I encountered was knowing how far to turn the advance wheel so that you didn’t multiple expose too many times. The guy in Retitled was a bit fan on the overlapping panoramic images that this camera produces and I was pretty pleased with how my first few attempts came out.
I would recommend this camera as a cheap alternative to anyone who loves those gorgeous sprocket holes. You can pick them up on ebay for next to nothing but for those people in Manchester I think the extra expense is worth it just to talk to Mr Brownie and his lovely lady wife!