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Something New: I've caught GAS

No, I didn't eat too much beans. I'm talking about Gear Acquisition Syndrome. Beware - you may have it, too!

Photo by stratski

The other day I was browsing through my camera collection, and I realized that in 2013 things got just a little bit out of control. 14 new cameras… and that’s not counting the cameras I made myself (about half a dozen different pinhole cameras).

So my most important New Year’s resolution is: no more new cameras!

Okay, maybe just one if it’s really pretty…

Meanwhile, let me introduce to you my 2013 acquisitions:

Horizon Perfekt

I lucked out on this one. Before all the piggy reforms there was a huge discount, and I had enough piggies saved to get it for free. It has since become one of my all-time favorite cameras.

No-brand Actionsampler

One of my colleagues mentioned that he got these funny-looking, little multi-lens cameras for three euros each at his local thrift store. So after work, I biked to the other side of town and bought three of them. Two of them I have already destroyed while trying to modify, while the last one I’m keeping. Yes, it’s a crap camera. But in a strangely good way.

Pentax Auto 110

Even though I’m not a big fan of the 110 format, I just couldn’t resist this tiny SLR. The auto exposure is pretty neat in low light situations.

Polaroid Land Camera 640

I already have a Polaroid camera but it was a model that you can’t get film for any more. But for the 640 I can get (ridiculously expensive) Impossible film. I somehow dig how these pictures are sort of crap, but at the same time very cool.

Lomography Konstruktor

I was really excited when the latest Lomography camera turned out to be not screamingly expensive and is in fact pretty cheap. Building it was a lot of fun. It takes a bit of effort to get sharp pictures, but overall, I like the lo-fi lens.

Agfa Isoly Junior

A simple little box camera I stumbled upon at a local vintage market. It cost only two euros so I thought, what the hell.

Agfa Iso Rapid I

I already own several of these little Agfa Rapids but an extra cassette always comes in handy. So when I found this at the thrift store, I took it. It has a nice aluminum finish that sets it apart from my other Rapids.

Zeiss Ikon Colora-F

Another one from the thrift store. The pictures it produces are pretty unremarkable and the shutter button sticks a bit, but it does look pretty.

Kodak Instamatic 33

I already have an Instamatic 133x, but since I didn’t have Instamatic film, I’ve never used it. Then I came across this Instamatic 33 which still had a cassette of film in it! So now I have re-filled the cassette with ordinary film and used it in all three Instamatic cameras I have.

Diana Multi-Pinhole Operator

My first pinhole camera that I didn’t build myself! So good to have an actual shutter. And I love the color filters that came with it.


Photo by stratski

I went to an actual camera fair and walked around drooling over huge amounts of vintage cameras. After buying four of them, I saved my bank account by leaving. This Gevabox was one of the cameras I got just because it’s beautiful. I haven’t gotten around trying it yet.

Yashica Half 17 EE Rapid

Another one I got from the fair because it was pretty and shiny, and I like Rapid cameras, half-frame, cameras and Yashica cameras. I had some troubles with the shutter blades which were stuck together, but after some cleaning, I got it to work again.

Kodak Brownie Six-20 Model E

Photo by stratski

I have another one of these, but with a different front plate. I needed an extra 620 spool so I can start using my 620-cameras. I tried modifying a 120 spool before but it’s a lot of hassle. Getting another 620 camera with an empty spool inside was easier. My spools are currently inside another camera, so I haven’t tried this one yet.

Agfa Isolette II

The last one I got at the fair. I have all sorts of cameras in my collection, but I didn’t have a folder yet. These Isolettes are apparently common as muck, and therefore very cheap. I love the spring release that pops open the folding bit. And it produces nice pictures, too (though I must remember it needs quite a bit of light).

written by stratski


  1. clownshoes


    lol it happens. It's so easy to fall in love with another camera.

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  2. herbert-4


    There was GAS Lomohome in the old days: http://www.lomograph(…)/camera-gas Enjoy!!

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  3. alex34


    Lovely article. the Agfa Isoly and Gevabox get my vote. the Isoly seems to make very interesting photos too.

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  4. gemmatus


    This is great, I feel ya. I keep the rule that I can only buy a new camera if I have no more than 2 camera's I never tried out, unless its a really pretty one indeed. sigh cameras are the best, especially when the cost only 2 euros, I once found a Polaroid spirit 600 cl for that price at a flea market, best day of my life :P

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