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    compur No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    Recently found a Komaflex-S, one of the very few SLRs made for
    127 film. It's made by Kowa (Japan) and has a 65mm f/2.8 "Prominar"
    4-element lens. I bought it for the princely sum of $5 at a swap
    meet a week or so ago. It's in pretty nice condition with working
    shutter (1 to 1/500) that even seems pretty accurate.

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    The lens is non-interchangeable but Kowa made a set of screw-in
    wide and tele lens converters for it. Guess I'll have to find those
    now ...
     
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    Nice find, that would go good on my mantle piece :)
     
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    Buckster Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    Very nice! Great find!
     
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    Very cute!
     
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    compur No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    Thanks, I've been looking for an excuse to explore 127 film a little
    because I've never really shot with it and I always thought it had
    something to offer. Namely a bigger-than-35mm negative in a
    compact camera.

    But then I do have a 645 folder that's about the same size as this
    guy so I may only re-discover why 127 cameras went extinct. :D
     
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    Nice find on a cool-looking camera! I always wanted one of the gray baby Rollei TLR's...I guess now they are cheap. I had never heard of the Komaflex-S. Sure seems worth $5. Now that 127 film is extinct as an off-the-shelf format, it seems like that Film For Classics company has got a pretty good chunk of the custom film market and a single roll of film is worth about two to two and a half times what the camera set your back!
     
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    compur No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    Freestyle carries Efke B&W in 127 for about $7. I live nearby so next time
    I go there I'll get some. They also often have recently expired or
    short-dated film in the store on their bargain table at a good discount.

    The camera could use some new light seals too so I'll do that first. It's
    a pretty simple job on this camera.
     
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    ^ $40 shipping --ouch!
     
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    Great! A roll of film costs more than the camera! :lol:

    Get it on Antiques Roadshow for an appraisal. :lol:
     
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    compur No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    Yes, another disadvantage to 127 film. I usually pay no more than $1/roll
    for 35 and 120 at yard sales and such. Often people practically give it
    away.
     
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