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Camera Review – Lomography Fisheye Baby 110 Basic

Fisheye

The Fisheye Baby 110 Basic from Lomography is a tiny little toy camera that takes 110 film and currently Lomography is the only company that makes film of that size even tho you can still find some expired film on various sites.

It has a 170-degree lens, bulb mode (for long exposures) and is capable of multiple exposure straight out of the box.

I knew this was a small camera but it was not till I got my hands on it that I realised just how small it is! Im not joking when I say you can wear it as a necklace, it really is that small

How Small

See what I mean? There is it next to a normal 35mm film canister. Not only is it small but it’s also really light.

At the moment there is only 3 films being made for the 110 cameras and they are Colour Tiger, Lobster Redscale and B&W Orca. When I for it I opted for the Orca because I have never shot with  black and white film before and thinking back maybe I should of gone for the colour film because most of my shots came out extremely under exposed but i’ll make that up as a lesson learnt .

Baby Fisheye 110 (1) Baby Fisheye 110 (2) Baby Fisheye 110 (3)

Well I love it, we can blame this little camera for getting me hooked on film cameras and for making me want/need this cameras big brother (Lomography Fisheye 2) and a fisheye lens for my Zenits. It’s great for days out with friends and family because it’s so small you dont have to worry about it taking up too much space, just pop it round your neck or in your pocket! I must remember to get some films ready for summer 😉

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Camera Review – BV 991

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A little review of the BV 991. I found this little beauty on eBay while window shopping for a bargain, I think it cost about £3 in total including the postage and as a bonus it came with a film (Expired Fujicolor C200). It’s a basic no frills 35mm point and shoot camera with a 35mm plastic lens.

My first outing with the camera was a weekend away to Bridlington with the girlfriend. I used the Fujicolor film that came with it and scanned the pictures with a Kodak ESP 3250.

Despite having a small collection of cameras this was one of the cheapest and has quickly become one of our favorite cameras. Because of it’s size and weight we always take it out on trips and get quite a few funny looks from people when they see us take a picture then wind on the film.

I can hold my hands up and say that I am really impressed with how the pictures turned out, I thought that I would of had some trouble with light leaks but didn’t get anything like that what so ever but one thing I did get was a slight vignetting.

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Camera Review – Zenit 11

Zenit 11

The Zenit 11 is a m42 Pentax mount SLR camera manufactured in Russia by KMZ. These things are built like tanks with their full metal body and are designed to last. It has an external selenium meter mounted on the prism front above the lens. The meter isn’t coupled to the camera, you select the film speed, then correlate the lines of aperture and shutter speed in the dial.

I got mine on eBay for about £15 and it came with a tele converter, filter set, vignette mask set, flash and bag. I will admit that I have not had the chance to try out the extras but will be once we get one rare nice day (nice days really are rare in England!)

I loaded her up with some Kodak Ultra 400 (expired in 2007 but has been kept in a fridge) and took it out and about with me for a couple of weeks so I can shoot in different light and areas of town. I use the standard Helios 44-2 58mm F/2 lens and a Leningrad 4 light meter (the selenium meter no longer works), I would of used the Sunny 16 rule but no matter how hard I try I just cant get my head around it.

Like I said these are tanks and weigh a tonne! The shutter has a nice satisfying loud clunk and it’s impossible to take sneaky shots because even people across the road can hear you. The Zenit’s are quickly becoming a love of mine and I do have a small collection of them (I have a E, EM and 11) and want/need more but first I am going to save up and get a nice fisheye lens for these beauties.

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Camera Review – Recesky DIY TLR

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This is a review of the Recesky DIY TLR Camera. I am a complete novice when it comes to photography but I have caught the analog bug and was in need of a cheap 35mm “toy camera” to get snapping. I wanted a 35mm as the film is really easy to find and can be developed on the high street. In the past I have used normal point and shoot cameras but this is completely different because it’s a TLR (twin lens reflex) and you compose the picture by looking into the top of the camera and not through a view finder. A TLR has 2 lenses, 1 for taking the picture and the other for viewing.

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Well as you can see it really does come in kit form but thankfully they also sent me a small screwdriver to put it all together with. The instructions were……how can I put this? They were in broken English but then again it is imported from China and has some translation issues. I have a little confession to make here, not only am I a novice when it comes to photography but I am also a novice when it comes to building kits so I went into this not knowing if it would work at all.

While building it I only really had trouble with the springs for the shutter because the instructions were not much help what so ever and lets just say I spent close to 1 hour fiddling about with them but it was worth it.

As soon as I got it built I loaded it up with an expired film that we found in a cupboard at the girlfriends mum’s house got snapping away, when that film was used up I loaded the film that was sent with the camera. I took both films to my local Boots store to be developed and had a nervous 2 days wait to see how they had turned out.

They told me that they were having trouble with 1 of the films and that one was perfectly fine, turns out the problem one is the expired one but I was expecting to have a few issues with that one so I’m not really that bothered. (Boots called a day later saying they are still working on it and that it should be fine in a few days).

I didn’t know what to expect with the pictures as I could of had some light leaks but it is easy to say that I am in love! I love the way the plastic lens gives a soft dreamy feel to the pictures and because the shutter and the film advance are not connected you can do multiple exposures. Cameras like this make you think out of the box and try new things.

DIY TLR (4) DIY TLR (1) DIY TLR (2) DIY TLR (3)

This camera is perfect for people who want to learn how cameras work and its great for people who just want to have fun with photography because its cheap!


Konica Pop

 
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The Konica Pop (aka C35 EFJ in Japan) was a popular 35mm compact camera by Konica, made from 1982. It had fixed focus, one shutter speed, and manual film advance by lever. It was available in many bright colours along with the original black. After selling 1.5 million models, new versions were launched in 1985 (including a metallic silver example). These late editions did not say “Hexanon” on the lens, but the flash had an improved recharge time.

I was extremely lucky to find this on eBay, I was just browsing and saw this going for 99p with free P+P and a day or so left so I took the plunge and placed my bid. I WON IT! (bit obvious seeing as I am reviewing it here) and a few days later it turned up on my doorstep and my first surprise was that it cost the seller £6.50 to post it! my next surprise was the condition the camera was it, it looked perfect! no scratches or dents and it even came with all the original paperwork and carry case.

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Now I have no idea how the Autodate works because the battery needs replacing but I have read online that it puts the time and date on the photo and it’s something I will look into in the future.

Specifications

  • Lens: 36mm, maximum aperture f/4. Early models are marked ‘Hexanon’; post 1985 are not.
  • Shutter speed: fixed at 1/125s.
  • Built-in flash which pops up, hence the name.
  • Button for close-up flash work (alters aperture accordingly).
  • ISO selector for 100/200/400 only.
  • Tripod bush.
  • Possibly unique folding rewind lever (metal) on underside of body. (Later used again on the AF3).
  • Power: 2 AA batteries (for flash).

These are a few of the pictures taken with the Konica Pop.

Konica EFJ (1) Konica EFJ (2) Konica EFJ (3)