Every once in awhile I look through Kickstarter to see if there are any worth while projects to take part in. I like to highlight the ones that I like that have to do with analog photography such as the Pop-Up Pinhole Project and the ONDU Pinhole Cameras that I have talked about in the past. Last week I found a Kickstarter that is trying to manufacturer Eco-friendly 35 mm film canisters and packaging. The company is called compagnia-imago and they aremaking the canisters out of a combination of PLA (polylactic acid) and wood or bamboo. They also claim that the canisters are reusable and you can spool your own film on them once the current film is used up. These projects make me happy in knowing there are others out there that are continuing the make film relevant and coming up with new ideas.
As in my last post this is another set of photos but from my Honeywell Pentax SP1000 Camera, which I reviewed a few months ago. I just had these pics developed at a local lab in Berkeley. The roll had been sitting in a bowl by my apartment entrance and I had forgotten all about it. Now it has seen the light and I think the results are pretty good minus that the film seems to be very grainy.
In my line of work, which involves testing out multiple cameras at any given time as well as films, I am generally not sure how any of my photos are going to turn out. The camera might have a broken sensor or slow shutter and all my photos can be dark or over exposed. My film may be too expired to produce anything good or just become a completely weird color. So I have learned to always take along at least one true and tried camera from my collect. Generally if it is a local excursion or checked back kinda location I take my Canon AE-1 Program. It gives very reliable results and I understand how it works from years of working with it.
I took it recently to my first trip to LA and had it while we were walking along Olvera street. It was recommend as a touristy spot but still fun to explore. It was not disappointing and reminded me of a similar area from downtown San Antonio, TX where I am from. I found that all the wonderfully colored stalls were great to photograph. I was able to work my 70-150 Lens to get some great shots (at least according to me lol).
Talk about getting a bang for your buck. I think this camera takes great quality images for the size and price of the camera if you can find it for cheap and working 😉 I took this camera out in my purse on multiple jaunts throughout the city during the day and night and it did not disappoint. These cameras can be found pretty easily on Ebay or Etsy, and can be found pretty cheap at an average of about $30.
Minolta Hi-Matic AF2
This camera was first manufactured by Minolta in November 1981 as the successor of the Hi-Matic AF. The camera uses active infrared autofocus, which uses an infrared beam to determine the distance of your object. It also comes equipped with a warning buzzer and blinking light combo that notifies if an object is either too close to focus as well as too far out of the flash range. Similar to other Hi-Matics the camera has a four-element lens with a 38mm focal length and a maximum aperture of f/2.8.