Vivitar actually made two versions of this camera, and this review is on the more stylish purple version that was sold through Avon. It was manufactured in 1987 and was sold exclusively through the giant catalog makeup company. The camera was completely purple with a minty green shutter button and writing. It came complete with a matching purple wrist strap and zip up case. The camera has a fixed focus as well as exposure, so it is literally a point and shoot camera. You really can’t adjust anything on it except to add a flash bar when you need some light. I bought this camera off of Ebay for pretty cheap, and it can still be easily found in both the purple and black versions.
Earlier in the year I took a trip to Puerto Rico for a friends birthday. In my mind I though this is perfect for me to take my new(old) little waterproof Minolta camera. It takes 110 film, so it was also the perfect opportunity for me to use Lomography’s new 110 Color Tiger Film.
The bright yellow Weathermatic-A was first made in the 1980’s as a watertight camera with a built in electric flash that could be used in water in depths of up to 15 feet or 5 meters. It has very large black control knobs on the top of the camera, perfect if you may be diving with it and need easier control. One knob is used for continuous focus for a range of about 3 feet up to infinity. These are designated with the figure of a person from the chest up for close range all the way to a figure of a mountain for landscape shots. The other knob designates the exposure with 3 options of sunny, cloudy and flash needed. The bottom of the camera has a black film advance lever that you cock after every picture taken. The camera only needs one AA battery to control all of the features.
Today was a great day to receive mail. I had just gotten back from lunch to discover a nice little box from Lomography waiting at my desk. I ordered their Smartphone Film Scanner and some 110 color pocket film, and a review of both are to come soon. You can purchase both at Lomography.com