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Opticam – Lomography 100 film

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I don’t even know the name of this camera. It looks like it could have had a name on the top left corner but it has been scratched off. So I am referring to it by the name written on the lens – Opticam. I have to say, I am in LOVE with this camera! The more I have used it since this roll, the more I love it. In fact, it was the subsequent rolls that really impressed me more so than this one. It is so unpredictable, so many imperfections, so dreamy in its soft focus. Wait until you see the other rolls of film when I get around to posting it.

A bonus with this camera  is the hot shoe. Not often does a crappy, light, plastic camera come with a hot shoe flash option.

So many quirks about this camera. The back doesn’t close properly. I put black electrical tape along the top and bottom of the back opening just to keep it from flying open. Luckily, it didn’t pop open. Luckily, lots of light leaks still got in. Also, the film advance is very finicky. Sometimes, even when you turn the wheel thinking you have advanced to the next picture, nothing has in fact moved. Most of these double exposures are accidents from doing just that. Unfortunately, you have to pay attention that the film advances at some point, or else you are taking half a dozen exposures, which happened a few times. The real painful thing about that is realizing you didn’t capture that shot that excited you. And you probably won’t remember what building or alleyway it was to try to retake it.

As for the film, I usually find it boring to use colour negative film without tinkering with it in some way. But if I was going to choose one from my collection, the Lomography 100 iso film is a lot more vivid than, say, Klick Max 200, another film I have lying around.

Camera: Unkown make, possibly called Opticam
Film: Lomography 100 iso colour negative 35mm
Location: Montreal in May 2011

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Diana F+

It’s odd to feel nostalgic for film when it was only in 2003 when I purchased a new $100 Samsung 35mm camera since I could not afford $600 for a entry level digital point and shoot camera. But this summer, I rediscovered film cameras and got a Diana remake for my birthday, just in time for my holiday in the Labrador wilderness.

For having been my first few rolls of film, they came out much better than expected. I used Lomography 35mm film, both 100 iso and 400 iso. I was shooting mostly outdoors and got consistently better results from the 100 iso film. The colors came out much more saturated than I had expected and the photos had that dreamy quality that I haven’t been able to reproduce in subsequent rolls as of yet.

Camera: Diana F+
Film: Lomography colour negative 100 iso 35mm
Scanned with Epson v500