As it says on the camera, it is a Plastic Filmtastic 120. The Debonair takes elements of two famous cameras in a marriage of fun.
A online acquaintance turned me towards my new favorite plastic camera. He buys them and turns them into various pinhole cameras, but they are a lot of fun just as a 120 film camera.
This is the Debonair Plastic Filmtastic 120. It is a hybrid of the Diana and Holga camera and manufactured in Hong Kong in the 1980’s and it is not associated with the Diana Debonair or a Imperial Debonair by the Herbert George Camera Company.
Closer inspection lets you see it uses the Holga type lens with a body and backing similar to the Diana family. Although so similar to the two cameras, a few new features appear. The instructions list some of the stats.
Fixed aperture of F/8 on a 60mm lens. Lens barrel has markings similar to a Holga
Two shutter speeds: 1/60 for cloudy or 1/100 for Sunny on a switch above the lens
Uncoupled shutter for multiple exposure
A hot shoe that is only supposed to work on 1/60 speed. (my flash fired on both speeds)
6×4.5 frame format for 16 pictures on a 120 roll. There is no option to change to 6×6
And it has my favorite feature for No Fat Rolls: A Metal Tensioner on Both Sides!
I live in a subtropical climate with lots of sun, but I found the camera a bit light hungry. It does work with ISO 400 and 100, but I find I like the results from the 400 the best so far.
Some in B&W 100
I really like the Debonair. I was not that interested in the 6×4.5 format at first, but I find myself wanting to use this camera all the time. Being plastic, it is so lightweight and those film tensioners have not left me with a fat roll yet. I do have one gripe: I noticed a line across the negatives, but not consistently. I am going to have to inspect for burrs in the camera or if the tensioner has to much pressure on the roll.
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Capture the world and all its contours in vibrant, wide-angled photographs any time, any where! The LC-A 120 is an adventure of its own with lots of exciting functions to experiment with, like seamless long exposures or full ISO control. It's also super-fast and ultra-compact - perfect for your everyday. If you're worried about the Medium Format film, don't be! You are free to use any 120 Film you want and there are plenty to choose from. In fact, that's what makes this camera so versatile! Scroll through this gallery for a little taste of the glorious shots this nifty invention is capable of.
There are quite a few perks that come with working for a film photography company, and the best perk of all is testing out the latest cameras. I can remember buying my LC-A back in 2009 and being really inspired to shoot film again. When the LC-A 120 came along, I couldn't wait to try it out around London. Join me as I test out this super medium format beauty.
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