A few weeks ago I posted that The Impossible Project came out with some experimental film called Cyanograph. It was a monochromatic all blue film and was made for use with SX-70 model cameras. It was relatively cheaper then their normally priced film so I managed to buy a few packs of it.
Below are some of the results of the film using several different cameras, though I believe the best came from a folding SX-70 SLR. The first few are from non-folding box SX-70 cameras and were mostly taken outside in sunlight.
This first photo was taken with a non-folding SX-70 camera with an electronic flash. I think that the contrast between the sheets and Mark came out really well and it’s one of the best lit photos that I was able to take.
Vivitar actually made two versions of this camera, and this review is on the more stylish purple version that was sold through Avon. It was manufactured in 1987 and was sold exclusively through the giant catalog makeup company. The camera was completely purple with a minty green shutter button and writing. It came complete with a matching purple wrist strap and zip up case. The camera has a fixed focus as well as exposure, so it is literally a point and shoot camera. You really can’t adjust anything on it except to add a flash bar when you need some light. I bought this camera off of Ebay for pretty cheap, and it can still be easily found in both the purple and black versions.
Earlier in the year I took a trip to Puerto Rico for a friends birthday. In my mind I though this is perfect for me to take my new(old) little waterproof Minolta camera. It takes 110 film, so it was also the perfect opportunity for me to use Lomography’s new 110 Color Tiger Film.
The bright yellow Weathermatic-A was first made in the 1980’s as a watertight camera with a built in electric flash that could be used in water in depths of up to 15 feet or 5 meters. It has very large black control knobs on the top of the camera, perfect if you may be diving with it and need easier control. One knob is used for continuous focus for a range of about 3 feet up to infinity. These are designated with the figure of a person from the chest up for close range all the way to a figure of a mountain for landscape shots. The other knob designates the exposure with 3 options of sunny, cloudy and flash needed. The bottom of the camera has a black film advance lever that you cock after every picture taken. The camera only needs one AA battery to control all of the features.
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 time has finally come that Kelly Angood has resurrected her cutout pinhole camera project again! After having to cancel her first Kickstarter project due to the possibility of legal action that might be taken over the design of her original camera, she has created a brand new design in the time span of less than a month. Her new camera is called the Videre, and it is a medium format pinhole camera that she specifically created by keeping in mind the community of pinhole camera lovers in mind.
The camera will be a do it yourself kit that will be printed on to thick cardboard stock. You can then pop out all the pieces and assemble the camera yourself learning about the pinhole style of photography in the process.
The delivery date for the camera is currently set for November 2013, so as she says herself it would make an excellent Christmas gift for budding photographers or students that are interested in learning about photography.
As a bonus for backers that purchase the kit, Angood is also working on a 35mm printout version of the camera to be available as a free printout around the July time frame. This gives backers the ability to have 2 camera designs for the price of one.
If you would like to back her project you still can at her KickStarter page below:
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
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.