Normally during the summer I tend to go out to the beach pretty often. If not the beach than at least to a swimming pool or something similar. Moving to California about this time last year I thought that I would still be going to the beach or swimming. WRONG. So the Bay Area of California is actually not generally a warm place. I live in Oakland where it is alot warmer than San Francisco but there aren’t really many beaches to visit. I can go to Ocean Beach in SF, but then I would need a wet suit to get in the water and have a jacket if I just want to walk along the beach. So…. to say the least it has not been living up to my California dreams expectations. I should have known Southern California is where it’s at 🙁 At least for my swimming and sunbathing dreams.
Every year or so I take a trip out of the country and I am always scrambling on which camera (or cameras) to take with me. It always seems to sneak up on me and I always second guess what I should take. Before the trip I had gone to an American Cancer Society shop and I snatched up this Honeywell Pentax SP1000. It had been siting in the corner for a few weeks just waiting for its time to come. I looked it over and it looked to be working fine, so I just packed it up with some film and off we went to Europe. Surprisingly enough it took brilliant shots. I didn’t have a flash to go with it, so most of my shots are bright outdoorsy type.
Honeywell Pentax SP1000 SLR Camera
The SP1000 was introduced in 1976 and was the budget model to replace the SP500. It was almost identical to the Pentax Spotmatic without the self-timer function. It was sold as the Asashi Pentax SP1000 outside of the US. The camera is actually entirely mechanical, besides the light meter, and that is how I used it cause I didn’t realize that the battery compartment was seized closed when I packed it (sad face). The SP1000 has the option to change up lenses as it was manufactured with a 42mm Pentax or Praktica screw thread also known as a 42M. While most photography teacher recommend using a Pentax K1000 for students this camera is a great alternative and was considered a workhorse in its early days.
Recently I have gotten quite a bit of film developed that was taken in black and white with my Holga and Canon SLR AE-1 Program. It just so happens that black and white builds up on me because it’s more expensive to develop than regular color negative film. Both of these sets of film are from last year in 2014 and were taken in the Boston area and during my cross country trip across the United States.
The majority of these were taken on bright sunny days without the use of a flash. It’s 400 speed film which I think added to the amount of grain that some of the photos had.
These were taken during Earth Day where the Neon Trees had a free concert at the half shell near the Charles River.
I love this camera and not knowing what exactly you are going to get. I hauled it around the San Francisco Bay area while friends were visiting and took it to very touristy places. It was great because I looked just like everyone else taking pictures 😉 These cameras were pretty popular in the 80’s and 90’s and can be found pretty easily on Ebay or Etsy for pretty cheap at an average of about $15.
Sports 35 Toy Camera
The camera is mainly black with different colors around the four lens in the middle of the camera. I am not quite sure when it made, but I am guessing it was in the eighties and has continued to be made to this day. It went manufactured under many names including the Action Tracker and private branded by corporations as giveaways. It is now manufactured by Lomography and is called the Action Sampler. The camera takes four pictures on a 24x36mm negative frame. The shutter spins around to each frame in about 1 sec, this gives each lens about a 1/4 sec shot all with a fixed focus.
This camera is soooo cute and is small enough for me to put in my purse when I am on the go. I mainly used it to shoot around the neighborhood and I took it on a trip to Lake Tahoe earlier in the year. These cameras can be found pretty easily on Ebay or Etsy, and can be found pretty cheap at an average of about $15.
Canon Sure Shot Camera
This mainly black with red accent cameras was first manufactured by Canon in November 1979. It was the world’s first Lens-Shutter 35mm autofocus camera at the time. It uses a triangulation system with a near-infrared emitting diode (IRED). The near-infrared beam also enables focusing under low-light conditions, which made the camera a hit product during its time.The lens has a 3.8 mm focal length and a maximum aperture of f/2.8.
I know it has been awhile since I put up a post on Lomography having a new film coming out called Lomochrome Purple that changed the color hues in the photos, mainly by turning green ones into purple. I finally had the chance to take quite a few photos using the 35mm film in a number of different cameras and I love the results. I think it gives pictures both a romantic and old world vibe.
My photos started back when I was living in Boston and I had a day off with friends that were visiting from out of town. We wound up walking to Fenway Park and hanging out in the Back Bay area of town. I used my Canon AE-1 Program for these shots which gave me amazing results.
In my infinite search for the perfect camera bag for finicky Impossible Project Film and various Polaroid cameras I think that I have found the perfect one. This is The Cooler Camera Bag that is manufactured by Polar Outdoor Stuff in Portland, Oregon. It is essentially a cooler and camera bag in one and comes with a removable insert with adjustable compartments. You can take out the insert and use the bag to carry around a six pack or other beverages.
I thought that this year I should put together a small collection of gifts that an analog photographer may want. They range from all sorts of the analog spectra from bags and albums all the way to film. I know I would love to find these under the tree.
- 1. Lomo’Instant Sonremo Camera + 3 Lenes – $139.00
- 2. THE HÄNSKA BAG for 600 type Polaroid cameras – $124.49
- 3. Polaroid 1000 Rainbow Land Camera – 129,00 €
- 4. Disposable Camera Hack Kit – $35.00
- 5. PLYWERK Photo Block – $19.50
- 6. The Camera Cooler Bag – $65.00
- 7. Flash Bar for SX-70 Cameras – $89.99
- 8. Petzval Brass Lens – $599.00
- 9. Polaroid Photo Album – $36.00
- 10. Impossible Black & White Instant Film (Round Frame Edition) – $24.49
Before I moved to California and traveled a bit I managed to purchase some new experimental film from The Impossible Project. It was a completely pink film, or as they called it a monochromatic magenta. It was very similar to their Cyanograph Film, which was completely blue. I bought 2 packs and I brought them along with me to my trip to Ireland and Spain. The film was made for 600 series cameras, but I used it with my SX-70 folding SLR camera with a Neutral Density filter. The photo above is of Slane Castle in County Meath, Ireland. Many great concerts have been performed on the grounds including U2 and Red Hot Chili Peppers.
The above photo was taken in Barcelona Spain in Camp Nou. It was a pretty hot and sunny day, and I was surprised that the photo came out as well as it did without it being completely washed out. You can just make out the stadium seats spelling out MES QUE UN CLUB.
I have taken this camera on a few trips which have included Cape Code in the Fall and when I went to NYC at the end of this winter / early spring. This camera takes 35mm film and I used regular 100 speed Lomography film on the first trip and I used older expired 200 speed film on the second trip.
Canon Sure Shot A1 Waterproof Camera
The white and creamy orange A1 was first made in the 1994 an was marketed as the world’s smallest and lightest land-based and underwater camera at that time. It is fully automatic, the camera can be used on land where the 3-point Smart Autofocus is effective for distances as close as 1.5 ft. Underwater, focusing is good from 3.3 to 9.8 ft. In the macro mode, you can focus from 1.5 m to 1 3.3 ft. The large Albada viewfinder on the camera has a long eye relief, making it easy to view even with a underwater face mask or ski goggles. The camera comes with a switch on the bottom for normal and panorama modes you can switch between at any time. The 32mm f/3.5 lens has 6 elements in 6 groups.