For the most part I test out cameras, clean them and then list them on Etsy so they can find new homes. Sometimes I love my tested cameras so much that I add an extra roll inside of them and see if I can take more amazing shots. Then I wind up selling the camera and I have half a roll still inside that I need to shoot. That’s what happened with this particular roll. I had a customer that really needed the camera ASAP, so I shot the rest of the roll inside my apartment.
This is not really a review of the Canon AF35M Camera as it is more of a quick look over since I have already reviewed this camera. This is bascially the same exact camera as the Canon Sure Shot which you can read about in more detail at the below link:
The Canon AF35M is the European version of the this camera and works the same way and shares the same manual. It was also nicknamed the Autoboy in Japan and was Canon Inc.’c first autofocus 35mm compact camera. This post is mainly to show the body of the camera and the photographs that I was able to take with it.
So I really love this little camera. Though I have some resentment towards it because I ran a whole pretend roll through it. On top of that it’s a half frame camera and in my mind I had a 36 exposure roll in it so I took a total of 72 pictures only to open up an empty camera 🙁 I also had some trouble figuring out if the camera was working and I took some pics of my own face once there was film in it…..all in a days work when working with new cameras I guess. Other than that I still think it’s an awesome company camera, plus you get double the amount of exposures than you usually do.
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.
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).