No, I didn’t eat too much beans. I’m talking about Gear Acquisition Syndrome. Beware – you may have it, too!
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:
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.
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.
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.
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
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).