I was excited to read this morning about the new Lomography Film that is available for pre-order to be delivered by July 2013. It is called Lomochrome Purple 400 and comes in 35 mm and 120 formats.
The film works by changing green hues in photos into purple hues. It works almost like giving Infrared results , but it really is a color negative film with a shift in colors. There are no need for special filters and you just point and shoot, and can be developed in C-41 chemicals. There will be a first batch that will be sold to pre-orders and then the film will go into mass production. This may give first time buyers a formula that may differ from the mass produced version and give them slightly different results, much like the Impossible Project and its test batches.
I am curious to shoot with the film, if only as a novelty for landscapes and such. I think it would be nice to get a pre-order in, but at 47.03 Euros ($64.00 USD) for a minimum of 5 rolls it is not all that cheap. Hopefully I will pull some money in for some rolls and put up my results here. If interested you can find more info at Lomography.com and you can pre-order some 35 mm here.
** Photos are from lomography.com
The Herco Imperial Camera was made by the Herbert George Company, which was based Chicago, Illinois. The camera was probably mass produced in 1951. It is made out of black Bakelite and has a silver metal face plate. It was made to take No. 620 film and could up to 12 snap shots. It was introduced to consumers at a reasonable price of $3.99 so that it was affordable to most households. It was manufactured in several variations of printed face plates and molds, most notably a Roy Rogers version with the image of Roy on a bucking horse and the words Roy Rogers spelled out below the lens by his lasso.
I have been able to get my hands on two of these cameras one being in excellent condition and the other being very neglected. I was able to score the pristine one in a vintage shop in South Boston for $5 after haggling a bit, and the other off of Ebay for a bit more. I have added some other various angles of the camera below.
Though this camera takes 620 film which has been discontinued for a long time I have seen on that many people have respooled 120 film on to old 620 spools and have been able to use this camera again. Looking thought Flickr and Lomography.com I can see that the camera produces nice hazy dream like pictures that are hazy on the edges. Old 620 spools pop up on Ebay all the time, so I am sure it wouldn’t be hard to give new life to this little camera.
Manufacturer: Herbert George Co.
Shutter: ~ 1/60
The Minolta XG-9 35 mm SLR Camera was first produced around 1979. It takes regular 35mm film and is incredibly easy to handle. I took it with me to a trip to Ireland and it took fantastic pictures. I will add those pics in a later post.
I installed two (2) – 357/303 Energizer batteries that are each 1.55 V. I was able to buy the batteries at Walgreens so it should not be much trouble to find them. I believe you can also find them at Radio Shack under the number EPX76 and on Amazon at this link Energizer Silver Oxide Watch/Electronic Battery 357. These work with the Automatic setting pretty well as most of my shots taken with it came out great. Although since you are using an older camera and getting away from the digital I’m not sure how much you would want to rely on it. Once the batteries are installed you can turn the camera to the on position and you will be able to crank the advanced level forward.
Looking through the viewfinder you can see the light meter and all the shutter speeds lined up on the right side. If you are in Auto mode the red dots will light up on the right side of the shutter speed it thinks you will need on the aperture that you have set. you just need to lightly press on the shutter button for the lights to come on. If the red light reads at about 60 or less then I would worry about having blurry pictures and having to place the camera on a stable surface.
I took this camera to a concert and it was amazing. I took some long exposure shots, just while holding the camera up in the air and they still came out pretty well.In all I think that this is a pretty great camera and it is very portable for everyday use. Below is a selection of some of the pictures I was able to take with it. Hope you enjoy
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