This year I've tried cameras I've found hidden for 20 years. I've shot cameras with films found at thrift stores and cameras found on the side of the road. In my attempt to pick which ones have been naughty or nice, the main thing I took into consideration was: which cameras do I keep using and which ones are sitting, gathering dust?
In late 2011 I bought the Lomo LC-A+ and to add to this wonderful camera I bought the LC-A Instant Back+. With these two powers combined I would say this is one of my most used cameras of the year, which now could possibly be the reason as to why the shutter seems to be stuck on it. But nevethetheless, this camera and instant back have treated me well and as I will do it this Christmas.
In June this year I came across a 110 camera in a friend’s cabin which had been exposed to the elements of Canadian winters and summers for around 20 years. Amazingly, the film that was in it still came out when it was developed and I loved how vintage the shots were. However, when I shot a roll of the new Lomography Color Tiger 110 film through it I was a little bit disappointed with the overall experience, the viewfinder on the camera didn’t pair up well at all with the lens so the shots are very off-centered. I don’t love the color and a lot were underexposed.
Also during the summer I found a Yashica Zoomtec camera on the side of the road in a junk heap of things someone was throwing out. I saved it and I’m so glad I did as it unleashed the full potential that I knew redscale film had, giving those lovely vintage tones. During my trip to Europe, the battery must have been dying though and I didn’t realize and the photos that I was really excited to see in the vintage tones came out very contrasty and red. But, all in all for a camera from the side of the road.
One of my next camera purchases was the La Sardina Guvnor Edition. I think this was my first lomography camera purchase where I was totally won over by the design. I was heading to England for my cousin’s wedding and knew I just had to have it. So, looks-wise, I love this camera. Functionally though…I might be the clumsiest lomographer out there but on moving buses and a couple of other times when shooting on the fly I have stabbed myself in the eye with the viewfinder. I also find the images to be nothing too out of the ordinary, but that could be because I am comparing it to the great LC-A+.
Most recently I found a camera in a thrift store with film in it. The point and shoot Pentax camera worked so I paid the $2 for it. I re-loaded the film and was very pleasantly surprised when I developed the film that it had in fact been shot, and by the movies that were being shown it looked like it was from 10 years ago. Doubles with a stranger back in time. Automatic win for this camera.