During Christmas I went home to Texas to spend time with my family. I figured since I had some free time in-between holiday festivities and visiting friends and family I could shoot some photos around the house. My dad has had a Pentax K1000 Camera in his desk drawer forever. I decided since the poor little camera hasn’t gotten any action in ages, that I would buy some drugstore film and see what it produced. I was not disappointed. Although it was in that drawer taking up dust a fresh set of battery and film and it still worked like a dream. Well at least according to my dad.
I know I’ve been recommending Lomography’s LomoChrome films on some of my reviews, but had yet to post mush proof that I was using it. Yay so finally here are a few snaps that I took with the film. I have reviewed the LomoChrome Purple by Lomography here, and it produced some great interesting results. This is the LomoChrome Turquoise version of the film that was produced about a year later.
A few years ago I attended a wedding in Meath County, Ireland. I had never really visited the area before, and while we were there we explored other places in the area such as Slane Castle and Newgrange. I never got to see the inside of Newgrange, because there was such a long list and I wasn’t there early enough 🙁 Obviously the sites were gorgeous and green so I tried to capture it with my little trusty Holga.
If you have been following my blog pretty regularly you probably have seen that when I review roll film based cameras I recommend getting cool new film such as stuff being currently made by CineStill. I have purchased a few rolls of their 50 Daylight film, but have yet to have it developed. So stay tuned for that review later in the month. More to the point, I saw that at the beginning of this month CineStill put up a campaign through Indiegogo so that they can start to manufacture their film in 120 medium format film.
Sorry I have been away for so long. Been a busy month of friends visiting and travelling 🙂 Alas I am finally writing about the Minolta Dual35 Weathermatic camera. It is a cousin or maybe even closer relative of the Minolta Weathermatic-A which I reviewed a few years ago. The main difference between the cameras is that the Dual35 is made to take 35mm film instead of 110. Earlier this year I also reviewed the underwater use of the Canon A1 Sureshot which is the Canon equivalent of this camera. I hope that you have some time to review both of those other cameras.
Minolta Weathermatic Dual35 Waterproof Camera
The Weathermatic Dual35 is a very distinctive bright yellow camera with a watertight body that can be used for all sorts of water activities as it claims to be waterproof to 5m. It was originally manufactured in 1987 and followed suite of the Minolta AF-DL in that it an almost completely all automatic point and shoot 35mm camera. The camera had a wide range of accessories that you can still sometimes find such as the matching case and watertight film canisters. You can see me stylin on Instagram below with the matching yellow accessory case.
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 are making 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.