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 aremaking 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.
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 😉 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.
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 🙁 At least for my swimming and sunbathing dreams.
Every year or so I take a trip out of the country and I am always scrambling on which camera (or cameras) to take with me. It always seems to sneak up on me and I always second guess what I should take. Before the trip I had gone to an American Cancer Society shop and I snatched up this Honeywell Pentax SP1000. It had been siting in the corner for a few weeks just waiting for its time to come. I looked it over and it looked to be working fine, so I just packed it up with some film and off we went to Europe. Surprisingly enough it took brilliant shots. I didn’t have a flash to go with it, so most of my shots are bright outdoorsy type.
Honeywell Pentax SP1000 SLR Camera
The SP1000 was introduced in 1976 and was the budget model to replace the SP500. It was almost identical to the Pentax Spotmatic without the self-timer function. It was sold as the Asashi Pentax SP1000 outside of the US. The camera is actually entirely mechanical, besides the light meter, and that is how I used it cause I didn’t realize that the battery compartment was seized closed when I packed it (sad face). The SP1000 has the option to change up lenses as it was manufactured with a 42mm Pentax or Praktica screw thread also known as a 42M. While most photography teacher recommend using a Pentax K1000 for students this camera is a great alternative and was considered a workhorse in its early days.
Recently I have gotten quite a bit of film developed that was taken in black and white with my Holga and Canon SLR AE-1 Program. It just so happens that black and white builds up on me because it’s more expensive to develop than regular color negative film. Both of these sets of film are from last year in 2014 and were taken in the Boston area and during my cross country trip across the United States.
The majority of these were taken on bright sunny days without the use of a flash. It’s 400 speed film which I think added to the amount of grain that some of the photos had.
These were taken during Earth Day where the Neon Trees had a free concert at the half shell near the Charles River.
I love this camera and not knowing what exactly you are going to get. I hauled it around the San Francisco Bay area while friends were visiting and took it to very touristy places. It was great because I looked just like everyone else taking pictures 😉 These cameras were pretty popular in the 80’s and 90’s and can be found pretty easily on Ebay or Etsy for pretty cheap at an average of about $15.
Sports 35 Toy Camera
The camera is mainly black with different colors around the four lens in the middle of the camera. I am not quite sure when it made, but I am guessing it was in the eighties and has continued to be made to this day. It went manufactured under many names including the Action Tracker and private branded by corporations as giveaways. It is now manufactured by Lomography and is called the Action Sampler. The camera takes four pictures on a 24x36mm negative frame. The shutter spins around to each frame in about 1 sec, this gives each lens about a 1/4 sec shot all with a fixed focus.
This camera is soooo cute and is small enough for me to put in my purse when I am on the go. I mainly used it to shoot around the neighborhood and I took it on a trip to Lake Tahoe earlier in the year. These cameras can be found pretty easily on Ebay or Etsy, and can be found pretty cheap at an average of about $15.
Canon Sure Shot Camera
This mainly black with red accent cameras was first manufactured by Canon in November 1979. It was the world’s first Lens-Shutter 35mm autofocus camera at the time. It uses a triangulation system with a near-infrared emitting diode (IRED). The near-infrared beam also enables focusing under low-light conditions, which made the camera a hit product during its time.The lens has a 3.8 mm focal length and a maximum aperture of f/2.8.
I have taken this camera on a few trips which have included Cape Code in the Fall and when I went to NYC at the end of this winter / early spring. This camera takes 35mm film and I used regular 100 speed Lomography film on the first trip and I used older expired 200 speed film on the second trip.
Canon Sure Shot A1 Waterproof Camera
The white and creamy orange A1 was first made in the 1994 an was marketed as the world’s smallest and lightest land-based and underwater camera at that time. It is fully automatic, the camera can be used on land where the 3-point Smart Autofocus is effective for distances as close as 1.5 ft. Underwater, focusing is good from 3.3 to 9.8 ft. In the macro mode, you can focus from 1.5 m to 1 3.3 ft. The large Albada viewfinder on the camera has a long eye relief, making it easy to view even with a underwater face mask or ski goggles. The camera comes with a switch on the bottom for normal and panorama modes you can switch between at any time. The 32mm f/3.5 lens has 6 elements in 6 groups.