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    Bencini Comet IIS

    Can anyone tell me about this camera my dad gave it to me years ago as i had asked if he still had it , i have just found it in my old caravan, From what i remember my dad had it in the 1960s,

    I used this to take my 1st ever photos while on a school trip back in the early 1980s

    My dad has loads of old photos from it and they were square in shape

    What kind of film would this have been and can you still get it if so where from as i would love to try and take a few shots with it

    your response would be greatly appreciated here is also a shot taken of me on this camera back in 1972 and also some of the camera now

    thanks
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    Re: Bencini Comet IIS

    http://www.camerapedia.org/wiki/Bencini
    http://www.vicscameracollection.co.uk/bencini.htm

    Looks like 127, but it's be easier to tell if you opened the back and took a photo of the inside.
    After checking there's no film left in it of course !
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    Re: Bencini Comet IIS

    Thanks for that any idea if you can still purchase 127 roll film?
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    Re: Bencini Comet IIS

    127 film is available in some areas. Sorry I can't help with the United Kingdom but in the U.S. the best bet is"

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    Re: Bencini Comet IIS

    Yes, even Jessops was selling it - on the website, not in stores.
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    Re: Bencini Comet IIS

    I am going to try and source some film in the UK this week i will let you know how i get on
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    Re: Bencini Comet IIS

    have found this at Amazon UK

    Fujifilm Neopan 400 120/ 127 B/ W Film

    Will this work??
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    Re: Bencini Comet IIS

    Yes. As long as you get 127 and not 120 !
    120 is a physically wider film and the spool won't fit in the camera.
    So make sure that you order off a link that says 127 only, otherwise you may get the wrong thing.
    I have only seen Neopan in 120 size online, not 127.

    I was going to recommend fotoimpex, or retrophotographic, but they're out of stock of 127.
    http://www.retrophotographic.com/shop/4/22/index.htm
    Might be worth giving them a call to see when they'll restock.

    Or if your German's OK http://macodirect.de/efke-100-c-1_6_55_138.html
    Maco seem to have the Efke film in stock, same film that retrophotographic sell.

    They also have colour filmhttp://macodirect.de/films-maco-c-1_6_119.html
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    Re: Bencini Comet IIS

    If it was this link http://www.amazon.co.uk/Fujifilm-Neo.../dp/B0000YB6WM
    then they're selling 120 film judging by the box, and it's a Colour process film, not true silver B&W - if that matters to you.

    Oh yes if you read the description it says "Rollfilm: 120" and there is no mention in the details of 127, only in the slightly misleading title.

    At 5 per film they're making a profit (of course!) over buying from Germany for 4.75.
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    Re: Bencini Comet IIS

    i have been looking at this

    http://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/...B0000YB6WM/new

    but cannot contact seller as i not sure weather it will actually be the 127 film that i want it says 120/127??

    think i might have to keep looking but the seller does take returns

    for 5 i have bought it there are lots of articles on how to cut down 120 film hopefully i wont have to
    Last edited by Robusto; 05-31-2009 at 01:27 PM.
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    Re: Bencini Comet IIS

    It'll be OK (but tricky to cut straight) if you have a spare 127 spool to wind it on.
    You need the film spool and an empty spool to wind the film onto.
    Must check I've got one ...
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    Re: Bencini Comet IIS

    Quote Originally Posted by SmartWombat
    Yes. As long as you get 127 and not 120 !
    120 is a physically wider film and the spool won't fit in the camera.
    So make sure that you order off a link that says 127 only, otherwise you may get the wrong thing.
    I have only seen Neopan in 120 size online, not 127.

    I was going to recommend fotoimpex, or retrophotographic, but they're out of stock of 127.
    http://www.retrophotographic.com/shop/4/22/index.htm
    Might be worth giving them a call to see when they'll restock.

    Or if your German's OK http://macodirect.de/efke-100-c-1_6_55_138.html
    Maco seem to have the Efke film in stock, same film that retrophotographic sell.

    They also have colour filmhttp://macodirect.de/films-maco-c-1_6_119.html
    Hi Paul

    these links are a great help going to try and order from these guys and send back the amazon order
    The german site is in english as well :thumbsup:

    Bit of a sticking point min order is 40 euros and i only want 1 film might have to cut the 120 down instead
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    Re: Bencini Comet IIS

    Quote Originally Posted by Robusto
    Bit of a sticking point min order is 40 euros and i only want 1 film might have to cut the 120 down instead
    I'll split an order if you want more than 1 film, I've got a Brownie 127 to feed
    Found in the case it has the yellow contrast filter, and close-up lens too.

    127 film contact printed onto paper gives amazing quality on a small print.
    I saved the contact printer from dad's house when we cleared out.
    But need to give it an electrical safety test !
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    Re: Bencini Comet IIS

    Quote Originally Posted by SmartWombat
    I'll split an order if you want more than 1 film, I've got a Brownie 127 to feed
    Found in the case it has the yellow contrast filter, and close-up lens too.

    127 film contact printed onto paper gives amazing quality on a small print.
    I saved the contact printer from dad's house when we cleared out.
    But need to give it an electrical safety test !

    Thats vey kind of you paul, Shall i place the order then i will order 10 and we can have 5 each if thats ok
    also how easy will it be to get the films developed ?

    thanks again for your help
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    Re: Bencini Comet IIS

    Quote Originally Posted by Robusto
    also how easy will it be to get the films developed ?
    Depends if it's colour or B&W.
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    Re: Bencini Comet IIS

    what do you need i would like to get some in both ?
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    Re: Bencini Comet IIS

    Quote Originally Posted by Robusto
    also how easy will it be to get the films developed ?
    thanks again for your help
    Got a quote from lab@farnells.plus.com for a 127 B&W film.

    Dear Paul
    We could process this film for you for 3.60+vat. If there are images on it to scan to CD would cost an additional 12.00.
    Regards
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    I'm going to use them for the 35 year old film I found in the brownie.
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    Re: Bencini Comet IIS

    Quote Originally Posted by SmartWombat
    Got a quote from lab@farnells.plus.com for a 127 B&W film.

    Dear Paul
    We could process this film for you for 3.60+vat. If there are images on it to scan to CD would cost an additional 12.00.
    Regards
    David Farnell

    I'm going to use them for the 35 year old film I found in the brownie.

    Great stuff just replied to your PM sorry i didnt see the message earlier
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    Re: Bencini Comet IIS

    Have just sent in my films to a local specialist 127 BW used in the Brownie and the 127 Colour in the Comet back in about a week only 5 per roll inc Prints remember this is new 127 stock not the old stuff .
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