Holiday Photographer Gift Guide

Holiday Photographer Gift Guide

 

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Review – Minolta Weathermatic Dual35 Camera

Minolta Weathermatic Dual35Sorry I have been away for so long. Been a busy month of friends visiting and travelling ūüôā 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.

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Kickstarter – Do You Wood Film?

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.

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A Bit of Europe in Black and White

Black and White Film in Europe

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.

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Stroll Through Olvera Street

Canon AE-1 Program

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).

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Review – Minolta Hi-Matic AF2 Camera

Minolta Hi-Matic AF2

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 ūüėČ 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.Minolta Hi-Matic AF2

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Canon A1 Sure Shot Camera in Action

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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 ūüôĀ At least for my swimming and sunbathing dreams.Canon SureShot A1 Camera

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Review – Polaroid SX-70 Original SLR Camera

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I have had my SX-70 camera for a few years and I really love it. This review is on my own very early version of the original Polaroid SX-70. It is the first single lens reflex or SLR instant camera that was manufactured by Polaroid starting in 1972.  Many variations were made and eventually Polaroid produced cheaper non-folding plastic box instant cameras that also used the SX-70 integral film.

SX-70 Polaroid Camera

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Review – Scent Trunk Subscription Service

When I first started my blog I use to review some of the sub boxes that I subscribed to, but I mainly cancelled most since moving and have not had time to look into getting back into them. I’m considering taking a look soon and seeing what’s out there again and what can work for my new work from how lifestyle.Scent TrunkScent Trunk is a perfume sampling subscription box that sends you niche fragrances every month. When you sign up, you take a scent profile¬†quiz to help them suggest recommendations for you to try. You can also type in other perfume brands that you like to help with their selections. ¬†You then can rate the fragrances that you receive to help further tailor your future selections as well as earning¬†reward points that you can redeem for coupons. I usually don’t have a huge arsenal of fragrances that I use on a daily basis so this subscription is nice to get a taste of the high end brands that I generally do not have access to.

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Getaway Outfits and Respective Cameras

This weekend I am going away on a mini holiday to Los Angeles, which is actually just a short 5 1/2 hour drive from the Bay Area. I have several friends that live in the area and have yet to make the trek out there since moving to the bay about 10 months ago. So I decided it was time to make the effort to get down there to see what it is all about (in all my travels I have only seen the LA airport, but never the city itself!!!)

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