I managed to draw one thing this past week: my newest pinhole camera. It’s a Nopo 35 and I am very excited to finally have it in my possession. It’s a beautiful hand made camera and also very practical. The shutter opens by turning the front. It has threading for filters (which I’m looking forward to playing with). I’m not usually fond of 35mm for pinhole – mostly because the cameras are not ideal for the 35mm cartridges. But this one is unique in that you can rewind the film back into the original cartridge. I am still on my first roll, but I am already thinking this is the pinhole camera I take with me to Barcelona next year! The economy of 35mm would be worth it!
You know this post is about a camera, right? No. I’m not obsessed. Not at all. 🙂
Several months ago I was commissioned to knit a Dr. Who scarf for a Twitter friend. It was a fun project to knit and the recipient is very happy, which, in turn, makes me very happy as well (I love how that works 🙂 ). The money that I was paid to knit the scarf went toward a new (old) camera that I’d been wanting: an Olympus OM1. I found an excellent deal on Ebay and It even came with a battery so I could start shooting right away. It was the body only but I’d bought an Olympus OM10 awhile back that didn’t work, but came with the nifty fifty lens and a nice leather strap so I used the lens and strap from the broken camera for my new OM1n.
Instantly I fell in love with this camera. The size of it is perfect for a day wandering around town. And the simplicity of it is perfect! It is so intuitive and easy to use. I can see the appeal of this camera and now understand why it is revered by many.
I kind of feel like letting go of all of my other SLRs. That is how much I love this camera. I think I’m done. I’ve found the one.
It was suggested that before I write off the Electro 35 I should try a roll of color film. So I followed the advice. The next weekend I loaded my favorite cheap drugstore film (Fuji Superia) in it and wandered around the Edgefield. It was a beautiful autumn day and a great opportunity to play cameras. I had a wonderful day shooting the roll, along with some pinhole, and when I was done I dropped it off at the Walgreens. I had it back in an hour. When I picked up my negatives the Walgreen’s “Photo Expert” was impressed! He said that there were some good shots on there. I was so incredibly thrilled to have finally impressed the Walgreen’s “Photo Expert” and I couldn’t wait to go home and see what had impressed him so.
I think it’ll do.
I loaded it with my favorite film yesterday, Portra 160. I can’t wait to see what this lens and that film make together.
Several weeks ago my little brother offered me a couple of cameras he bought at an estate sale. I declined one and accepted the other – a Yashica Electro 35. I am acquiring cameras at an alarming rate, as you can see from my recent blog posts, so I need to be selective. I was attracted to the Electro 35 because it is a rangefinder; which I don’t have. From what I read online, they are nice cameras if you can find one that works.
I received the camera on Halloween and immediately started fiddling around with it. I opened up the back and found this:
Yes, indeed. A roll of Kodachrome all rolled up nicely ready to be developed. (this will be the subject for another blog post in the future. Stay tuned.)
I opened the battery compartment. It was completely corroded. As I imagined, the battery leaked all over the place. I spent a morning soaking the base plate in white vinegar and cleaning everything. I was lucky that the leaking only occurred on the base plate and not inside the battery compartment.
The next step was to get a battery adapter. I ordered one from the Yashica Guy and had it in my hands in two days. The electronics all seemed to be working fine! yay! So I popped some Fuji Neopan in it and took it out for a spin!
I am very very pleased that the camera is working perfectly!
However, after all of that, I have to say that I am not completely in love with this camera. I am not used to using a rangefinder and not sure I like it. But maybe I just need to get used to it? I don’t know. The camera itself is pretty (I like the retro look) but it is a beast. It’s huge and awkward. And the process of focusing with the rangefinder adds to the awkwardness. I was going to put another roll of film in it and try again but I am not sure I can bring myself to do it. I am not excited about using it. Am I missing something?
A couple of weeks ago I was on a mission. I will talk about this mission in another post, but this mission involved visiting all of the thrift and antique stores in Sandy to find this thing I was looking for. I didn’t find what I was looking for in the thrift stores but I found a lot of other great things. I found lots and lots of old cameras. I resisted temptation for most of it but this one I had to buy. To my credit, I waited an entire day to let it simmer before I went back to the Goodwill to buy this old camera. It is a Keystone Pocketflash 106 and I picked it up for $2.99. I decided I needed it because several months ago I accidentally bought 110 film from Lomography. I thought it might be fun to use it. I bought a film called Lobster Redscale.
I can’t express how giddy it makes me to hold this camera in my hands. I had one very similar to this when I was a kid, it was the camera I cut my teeth on. I took photos of everything with it! It was a blast to play around with this. It even has a flash! I am a happy girl.
The photos are terrible quality, as they always have been with these types of cameras but, still. There are a few from the roll that are passable. These I took at Cathedral Park in Portland, Oregon.
One of the things that I find endearing about these cameras is that the viewfinder is significantly to the left of the lens and the photo reflects this. All of the photos I took of my family from the Seventies have this quality and it makes me laugh when I see it.