I generally give Kickstarter a good look through on their app with my iPhone every few weeks. I try to limited my consumption of Kickstarter because I would be broke otherwise with my wanting to fund all sorts of neat projects. Anyways I found a new pinhole camera project that is similar to Kelly Angood’s pop-out DIY camera. This project was created by Elvis Halilović who is an industrial designer and carpenter by trade. He has designed a range of six wooden lens-less pinhole cameras that work with both 35mm and 120 film and take Leica format pictures and panoramic depending on the camera you want.
This past weekend one of my best friends finally graduated from Smith College. I personally graduated from Smith a few years ago so it was a fun experience to go back and relive graduation without it really being a reunion year. We had good time going to Illumination Night and going to the ceremony the next day with Arianna Huffington as the speaker.
I decided to take a nicely re-skinned folding Sonar SX-70 with me and some PX70 Color Protection Film from The Impossible Project. The camera was having some issues with the rollers and the Sonar is out of wack. I did manage to fix the rollers a bit by pressing the apart with my finger so the Polaroids were no longer getting stuck, but I had to use the camera in manual mode the whole time due to the Sonar issue. Nevertheless I was able to take some amazing photos with it. Below is my said camera which I managed to re-skin myself!
Though it is the end of May the temperature was still pretty cool that all of the pictures were able to develop without me having to do anything extra. I just avoided the Polaroids having direct sunlight on them when they were ejected from the camera. Hope you enjoy!
The super cute SX-70 The Button camera was I believe first manufactured in 1981 for about the cost of $30. It has an off white colored body and a light grey face plate with the words The Button in cute white typeface lettering on the right front part of the camera below the lens. it’s main features are that it has a light meter knob and a socket on the top to take flash bars. This camera can sometimes be found in stock in my Etsy Shop or you can also find them on Ebay.com and in thrift shops. Since it is somewhat “newer” than a lot of other Polaroid Cameras it tends to be in good shape. The main problem that I tend to see when I get these types of cameras is that the socket for the flash bars no longer works or the light meter sensor no longer works. It is most disappointing to find that the light meter no longer works. All of your Polaroids usually come out overexposed, but you generally don’t find out this is the problem until about 3 photos later which have basically all been wasted. I will put a post up on that later that shows how you can tell with using just an empty cartridge that still has battery life and a flashlight.
The Color Protection Film is some of the latest and greatest film that The Impossible Project has made. It is amazing that we no longer have to shield the Polaroid from light once it has come out of the camera. Although their film is still in its early development stages and I glad that they have been able to progress so far in this amount of time. As of right now the Color Protection film only comes in color, but it is currently being made for 600, SX-70 and Spectra model cameras. You no longer have to shield it from light and it develops in about 40 minutes.