So tomorrow (29th June) is national camera day! An excellent chance for you to treat yourself to a cheap, vintage camera and conveniently(!) I have just listed a selection over in my etsy shop! They start at £5 and are all in good condition!
The only camera I have two of is this one. They both came in my job lot of cameras and both seemed in pretty good condition. The only difference seems to be that one no longer has the logo on the front. I put a roll of film in both, same type and, in eagerness, I used up the rolls pretty quickly.
This was the second roll I went through and I was with a friend and tired and it shows because Ive forgotten to change focal length a few times. But it’s pretty much the same quality as the first camera. And it seems to be nice for taking shots of people (in the sun at least), i have a nice shot of a friend and baby but would prefer not to have it on my blog.
Nb, these images are tablet photos of the printed photos, the image quality is sharper in real life as you’d expect. I just haven’t had the patience to scan them yet.
These two cameras were part of my recent batch purchase and are the only two which I’m not really interested in. They are aesthetically appealing and fit beautifully in the hand but moving pictures aren’t my cup of tea.
These are both for sale over on my etsy shop; £20 each plus £5 postage in the UK. If you are from outside the UK and are interested, let me know and I’ll get a quote for postage.
Bell & Howell Autoload Focus-Matic Model 492
An 8mm cine camera made between 1972 and 1974.
Takes Super8 films.
The handle folds up to sit along the body and the camera is a lovely piece to hold.
Fujica Single-8 P1
This camera was made between 1965 and 1977 when it cost around £34. The P1 was one of the first Single 8 cameras intented for amateur use. Single 8 is a motion picture film format which was introduced by Fujifilm as an alternative to Super 8 format.
If you follow me on twitter, you might be aware that I recently had a small ebay accident… I purchased a job lot of film cameras which the seller wanted to get rid off to clear space so was doing so cheaply. I managed to get 26 cameras for £50 which is pretty amazing and exciting. There’s a No 2 Brownie which is non functional, two Super 8 movie cameras*, four SLRs without lenses and the rest are a muddle of point and shoot and fixed lens cameras.
So, as I play with them and see which work and what they’re like to use etc, I thought I would create a series of blog posts to document my findings. That sounds overly academic.. apologies, this will be fun, promise!
First up… The camera which has been with me the longest…
I got this camera as an early 21st birthday present about nine years ago. It’s the first DSLR I owned, the second digital camera I owned and probably the fourth camera I’d owned. I love it. It’s been with me all over the world and has served me incredibly well. In fact I only got a new DSLR because my pain means that having a flip out screen is exceptionally helpful. It’s such a good camera that my friend also got one (I’m crediting my good taste for his choice in that).
When I got it, the D40 was the cheapest, bottom of the range Nikon DSLR available. Having had and loved a Nikon point and shoot for three years previously, I was keen to stick with Nikon.
I’ve used mine with three lenses: 18-55mm, 55-300 and more recently a 50mm prime lens.
* I plan on selling the Super 8s so if you’re interested in them let me know