|Front: Efke R100 127 film/Back: Fomapan 200 120 film for comparison, boxes and film rolls|
|Kodak Brownie Starmite camera, taking 127 format film|
Efke R100 test roll shot in Kodak Brownie Starmite
One can speculate as to why the 127 format has survived this long, with no new cameras made for 127 film since c.1970, whereas other film formats which were used in greater volumes more recently have quickly become obsolete, most notably the two 'easy-load' formats aimed at consumers, 126 and 110. The overriding reason appears to be the higher quality of cameras made for 127 film, as opposed to 126 and 110 (with the exception of the Pentax 110 SLR): cameras for these formats were generally (like the Brownie Starmite) simple point-and-shoot snapshot cameras. In the 1950s there was a resurgence in the format with the second version of the Rollei 'Baby' Rolleiflex, and a whole series of Japanese TLR cameras following the Yashica 44, which were essentially scaled down version of medium format cameras, using lenses, shutters and other components of comparable quality, hence the use of 'Baby' to refer to these cameras.
|Zeiss Ikon Ikonta 520/18 - Baby Ikonta camera|
|Test roll from Baby Ikonta 127 folding camera, Efke R100,|
developed in Rodinal 1:50, 12m30s at 18 degrees C.