The Color Pack II is a in the family of rigid plastic body cameras that were made as cheaper version than the Polaroid 100-400 series cameras that had folding bellows. This camera was first produced by Polaroid in 1969 and was discontinued in 1972. The original cost was right under $30 making it very affordable for the everyday consumer market. You can find these cameras relatively cheap online and in thrift or vintage shops today. They are somewhat old so their shape is always questionable.
Some of the first things to look for in a Polaroid Colorpack II Camera is if there is any corrosion in the battery compartment, which you can check by opening up the camera from the back. There is a metal latch that you can pop up that lets you open it up. Small amounts of corrosion may be cleanable, but I have seen batteries that explode or leak and then corrode entirely making them impossible to even take out of the camera from the holder. I would definitely pass on these if you see this is the case, they are unusable. Since Colorpack II’s are also almost entirely made out of plastic I would stay away from ones that are cracked or chipped. Any small bump or fall can then cause the entire camera to come apart.
Today was a great day to receive mail. I had just gotten back from lunch to discover a nice little box from Lomography waiting at my desk. I ordered their Smartphone Film Scanner and some 110 color pocket film, and a review of both are to come soon. You can purchase both at Lomography.com
This month’s Julep box was a little different for me as I went with the It Girl box instead of my usual Boho Glam. I was not as interested in the beauty products so I took having 3 nail colors instead of the lotion that they were offering. Each month you receive a goodie box of Julep products that consist of 2 nail polishes plus another item that can either be another nail polish or a beauty item such a a lotion or mascara. The items are promised to be a value of $40 or more. The items that are sent to you are based on a quiz that you take that makes you out to be one of four categories. You are sent an email the 20th of each month that gives you a preview of what is coming next month and you have between the 24-27th to change what you would like to another of the categories, send it to a friend or simply cancel that month. On top of the subscription you receive 20% off all of their items and free shipping for being a member and every month you can have add on’s to your box for a low as $5.
So as I mentioned before this month they sent 3 nail colors plus a surprise extra of strawberry lip balm.
The colors that were featured in the It Girl box were Simone, which was a lillac color, Shenae, a minty green shimmery color and Teri, a soft pastel coral color. All of them were a pastel chalky kind of pallet that are perfect for spring.
Value: $14 each
The bonus beauty item this month was a very practical strawberry flavored pink tinted lip balm. It is a nice size, but thin enough to be able to able to carry around with you, either stashed in your purse or in your pocket. It goes on very creamy and keeps your lips super moist. I used it one day walking around Boston and it was very nice to have handy.
Julep Strawberry Lip Balm
This was a good box with colors that are pleasing to the eye and a useful beauty product that I will actually use. The value of the box came out to about $48 which is worth the cost of the subscription.
I have tried using the Simone and Shenae colors on my nails, but I am finding them to be very goupy and hard to control. I actually gave up on the Simone because I was always getting built up areas of polish. The Shanae was better, but still the same consistency. I was able to get a good coat below and I finished it off with the Julep Freedom Polymer Coat on top! Perfect for St. Paddy’s day coming up.
I have had my Diana Instant Back+ for about a year now, and I have to say it is a really neat accessory. I actually have used my Diana F+ more with the Instant Back than with actual 120 film. The first time that I used it was in Ireland while trekking around the country in our rental car. I was able to get some fantastic shots with the pleasure of having them instantly in your hand. My only problem was that I forgot to buy batteries before the trip and we had to scramble across tiny towns looking for an obscure type of battery.
Anyways I just wanted to post a quick tutorial on the use of the back with your Diana F+ camera. In my experience I received the box with the Instant Back and right away wanted to use it, though there weren’t clear instructions to me on what needed to be done. I’m not sure if I lost the manual or what, I can’t really remember, but your first step if to open up you camera and remove the back as if you were going to put in some film. Inside you will see the 120 spool where you film winds on to, as well as a small bracket at the bottom of the camera that holds the spool and the film in place. You may also have a square frame inside depending on how you were having your film turn out in terms of sizing. You need to take all of these components out of the camera as they are not really needed to take the photos and my cause issues in your shots. Keep all of these items in a safe place, as you will have to put them back if you want to use film again.
I was looking through my emails yesterday and found and interesting Kickstarter project that was highlighted in their email that they send out so often. Kelly Angood from London has started up a fund to have her medium format camera design be an easy to put together cardboard cut out kit. The camera has no lens and works as a pinhole camera projecting the image onto medium format film.
That being said, I just found out that she has cancelled her project due to fear of copyright infringement. It looks like she is not in a position to be able to handle something like that at this time and would like to avoid it if possible. It’s a a shame since she had received over £22,000 in support money, in a relatively short amount of time.
Photo taken with one of her homemade pinhole cameras.
Angood has said in her update that she is currently planning on making a new camera design that is all her own, but works in the same way. She claims that she will hopefully have another Kickstarter project up and ready in about a months time, and have the camera kit ready for delivery in November (same delivery time as her original camera). I am looking forward to her new camera and hopefully be able to support it within the first 200 pledges so I can be able to snatch up a neat camera for about £25 (plus £10 to ship outside the UK). You can keep updated on both the cancelled Kickstarter page or on her tumblr page. You can also drop her a line at email@example.com if you would like for her to notify you when her new camera is ready.
Angood has also at one point made a DIY 35mm pinhole camera that you could printout and assemble yourself, which was the inspiration for this project. I was not able to find the printout, as all of the links that use to point to a pdf no longer work, but I was able to find the video on how to put it all together. It gives me a small idea of what is to come and the effort that she put into her original camera.