Thrift Score: Camera Finds

Three film cameras from Goodwill

We hit up the Goodwill today before dinner, just for something to do, and I came away with three cameras:

  1. Kalimar 3D 35mm camera, with box and manual… and unused envelope for getting 3D prints with your developing.
  2. Ultronic panoramic 35mm focus free with a half-exposed roll of found film. (I might have passed on this one if not for the found film.)
  3. Canon Sure Shot 80 tele. I don’t usually go for point-and-shoot zooms, but I follow a couple of film photography bloggers who have an affinity for some of these, so I figured I’d take a chance on romance. If nothing else, I donate it back and recoup my $3 on my taxes.

I was proud of myself for leaving a broken rangefinder at the thrift for someone else. I have enough broken rangefinders at home already.

As soon as I got home, I loaded two AA batteries and a roll of ISO 400 into the 3D camera. Can’t wait to see what comes out of that!

Cross-Country

My son will sometimes pretend he’s The Flash, or Sonic the Hedgehog. He loves to run.

So, when I learned that our school district was hosting an Elementary Cross-Country Series, I knew I had to sign him up.

Unfortunately, we had to miss the first meet of the three-meet series because that was the day Connor had his annual checkup and flu shot — firstly, I couldn’t justify both coming in late to work for his appointment and leaving early for his cross-country meet; and secondly, he was hobbling around all day on his flu shot leg, so having his first-ever race on a bum leg would not have been a good experience.

I brought my “good” camera with me to capture Connor’s first-ever actual race, the second meet of the series.

0926-XC-2

0926-XC-4
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Kodak Brownie Twin 20

Brownie with ancient Ansco filmI purchased the Brownie Twin 20 at Savers (a thrift store) for $4 two years ago, and discovered an ancient roll of Ansco black-and-white still loaded with only four or five exposures used. Unsurprisingly, the found photos didn’t come out, and neither did the photos I attempted to take on the remainder of the roll.

Finally, a year and a half later, I did a real test of the Twin 20! Back in February, I loaded it up with Ektar 100 speed, spooled onto a 620 spool.

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Just had a blast practicing my shoot-from-the-hip street photography skillz with my teeny tiny Pentax Auto 110 SLR with the 18mm wide angle!

Downtown Photo Walk: December 2016

My¬†five-year-old son’s film camera is a no-name focus-free 35mm camera that my husband got for free years ago. At first it was a toy… but, as it turns out, this little camera takes contrasty, vignetted photos that I really love. So, I’m never hesitant to load up his camera when he asks, because I know he’ll get bored with photographing at some point, and I’ll get to shoot the rest of the roll.

I took the generic blue 35mm on a photo walk downtown back in December. These were the results.

Snowman
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Fujica Half Test Roll

Fujica Half

I learned about the Fujica Half while researching sub-miniature and half-frame cameras online. I don’t recall exactly where I learned about this camera, but I decided I had to have one. After watching eBay for a while, I got one for $46.75 shipped this past January.

It arrived in the mail on a Saturday afternoon. I opened the package like it was Christmastime (except more carefully), and was immediately pleased with the size and heft of the camera. It didn’t look like the built-in selenium light meter was responsive, though, which was a bummer. No worries — I’d just forked over some money-well-spent for a battery adapter for cameras and accessories that were build to use mercury batteries, so my Kalimar accessory shoe light meter would serve me well. I was so excited, I loaded up the camera and took it to dinner to try it out.

Fujica Half

In the car en route to our favorite Vietnamese joint, I realized that the needle in the viewfinder was moving, and the on-board meter was functional. I compared the readings between all three meters — the Light Meter app on my iPhone, the Kalimar, and the selenium cell meter — and they all read 1/30 sec at f/2.8 indoors. (Which is admittedly on the low end of not needing a tripod, but I was anxious to start shooting with this little camera, so I took a chance.)

Fujica Half Test Roll
[Taken 21 January 2017]

Fujica Half Test Roll
[Taken 21 January 2017]
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