So if you have been reading my blog for some amount of time then you know that Fujifilm discontinued making it’s pull apart earlier this year in February. Making thousand of vintage cameras obsolete and into large paper weights 🙁 You can read more about my at the below linked post
There was a petition and letters sent to Fujifilm to no avail. But a company called New55 started a Kickstarter to essentially bring back the film and that is what this post is all about. I know this is last minute, but time ran away from me and I was not able to post sooner. I just wanted to briefly recommend contributing to their campaign to try to keep peel apart film alive and save millions of cameras. The film they are currently developing is 4×5 peel apart that can be used with Polaroid 545 backs.
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.
Before using this camera I had never used a TLR camera. I do have one of those that are plastic and your put together yourself, but I am lazy and I have not gotten around to building it yet. :/ So there was a bit of a learning curve trying to use this Yashica. I was constantly turning the wrong knob on the side and advancing the film instead of focusing, so my first roll was not used to it’s full potential. I also found the viewfinder pretty dim at times and struggled to see if I was in focus. I was pleasantly surprised when my film scans came back that the camera does take sharp and bright photos.
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.
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.
So the past few days have been kinda sad in that I heard that Fujifilm has decided to discontinue its FP-100C Peel Apart Color Film. It is the last peel apart film that it is still being produced, as the black and white version was discontinued a few yeas ago. This is going to cause a huge number of great cameras to become obsolete such as Colorpacks, the 100-400 series, Mini Portraits and Andy’s Warhol’s favored Polaroid Big Shot 🙁
If you have been following my blog pretty regularly you probably have seen that when I review roll film based cameras I recommend getting cool new film such as stuff being currently made by CineStill. I have purchased a few rolls of their 50 Daylight film, but have yet to have it developed. So stay tuned for that review later in the month. More to the point, I saw that at the beginning of this month CineStill put up a campaign through Indiegogo so that they can start to manufacture their film in 120 medium format film.
This is a somewhat rare camera in that it was a 50th Anniversary Edition Polaroid and it’s an awesome GOLD color! It actually is modeled exactly like an LMS SUN 600 camera, which is much more common. As it claims right on the camera itself, it was released for Polaroid’s 50th Anniversary which was in 1987. I believe there has also been a Sonar 660 version.