The Ansco Shur-Shot Jr. has such a great retro camera face! It is a post WWII 1940’s box camera. When I first got it, I thought it was missing its lens, but it is actually found behind the shutter. This camera actually has the smoothest shutter mechanism out of any of the old cameras I have used! It is really easy to push, which in turn makes it easier to take pictures without worrying about camera shake from the effort of pressing the shutter.
This camera has a fixed aperture of F/11 and a fixed shutter speed of 1/60th sec. There is no bulb option, but the shutter mechanism is not linked to the advancing mechanism, so multiple exposures are possible. It takes 120 film easily without having to respool and each roll will get you eight 6x9cm negatives. There are two viewfinders, one on the top and one on the side, so that you can preview your picture in both landscape and portrait orientation.
Taking pictures using the extremely tiny viewfinder made it hard to judge what you were including in your frame. Especially since you have to hold the camera at waist level to get a good view. My side angle picture of the church got photobombed by a power line.
The rollers that aid the film along on the inside of this camera were really rusty. I tried to get as much of it off as I could, but judging by the scrapes on the negatives, the rust is still there and reeking havoc! Maybe I can try some CLR?
When I finished the eight pictures, I kept rolling and was surprised to see a number 6 show up… or maybe it was a number 9. Either way, I thought if this was enough room for another photo, I shouldn’t waste it. But I was indoors, and without a bulb exposure, how could the picture turn out? Inspiration struck! With multiple exposures, each of the exposures build upon each other, right? According to my light meter, I needed an 8 second exposure. The Shur Shot has a 1/60 shutter speed. I asked my fiance Matthew to sit across the table and I took 480 exposures! The result looks like a pinhole shot. And somehow, it looks sepia. I was really impressed! I will definitely experiment with that again. The picture is small because it turns out there was only a small section of film left to the roll.
Camera: Ansco Shur-Shot Jr
Film: Provia 100F cross processed slide 120