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      CommentAuthorBen
    • CommentTimeJan 19th 2008
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    Ha! Made you look.

    I've always been obsessed with outside-the-norm photography and the tools used to create it. The Holga was my first toy-camera and opened my mind as far as photography goes. From there I found a Yashica MF 35mm camera for cheap and found that it took some of the best B&W photos I'd ever seen. Unfortunately I lack a scanner, so you guys won't be submitted to my travels in Korean alleyways.

    Recently I found a mint Yashica Electro 35 for criminally cheap, considering it's an Electro 35 G, and about forty years old. Thing still had a mercury battery in it!
    battery

    My question is, what're your favourite toys? Has anyone played around with Pinhole cameras? Any opinions regarding SLR and Rangefinder differences? What about leaf-shutters versus focal-plane shutters?
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    lomo's tend to always take amazing photos. friend of mine is a camera nut, bought an old russian lomo off ebay and does cool double exposures of anything and everything...

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      CommentAuthorwilliac
    • CommentTimeJan 19th 2008
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    That's the same mercury battery I found in a recently purchased MG-1 I bought for parts. I went with method B for my mint GS. My mother bought a Yashica RF (can't remember the model, probably a GS) new and has been using it ever since without any kind of maintenance. It makes me wonder why I've been blowing through digital cameras like tissue.

    The Tektronix Polaroid Oscilloscope camera is probably the most interesting camera I own. It's not very portable, but it takes great macro shots.
    • CommentAuthorDemarc
    • CommentTimeJan 19th 2008
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    The Holga is defiantly a favorite. I've also got an old Polaroid that I like to pull out whenever I find some film for it.
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      CommentAuthorBen
    • CommentTimeJan 19th 2008
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    @offtandiscord Pretty photo, and thanks! I always thought lomo referred to lomography and not an actual camera. Mmm. more wishlist fodder.

    @williac That thing looks amazing and I love the backyard photos. What were you using for lighting?

    I need to get around to figuring out the battery problem. I can't seem to find an english tutorial on the net, but is that just an unwrapped 3v stack wrapped in tinfoil?
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      CommentAuthorBen
    • CommentTimeJan 19th 2008
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    @Demarc Have you ever seen/heard of the polgaroid? Supposedly a modded holga that uses polaroid film. I heard you could get them here but I don't think he's offering that modification anymore.
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    I've been meaning to get a polaroid for ages. I love crappy pictures as much as I love pretty ones.
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      CommentAuthorwilliac
    • CommentTimeJan 19th 2008
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    @Ben Lighting was a big incandescent flashlight and time. The Yashica just needs a 6volt battery with some stuff to carry the current to the battery cap and a tube to keep the new shorter/thinner battery in place. Here's a good explanation.

    Holgaroid/Polga is just a Polaroid back made for a Holga. If you buy one, make sure you get a new one. Type 80 film has been discontinued, so the old one isn't a good purchase. Freestyle Photo can hook you up or you can probably make your own cheaper.
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      CommentAuthorSarpedon
    • CommentTimeJan 19th 2008
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    I can't seem to find scans of any of the pictures I took with it, far and away my favorite thing is my 70-220mm zoom with a 2x telextender I picked up from someone on craigslist with a slightly broken body and some other crap for like 70 bucks. It's got a weird screw mount and I think it's russian. I have a photo someplace of a tape measure from the start to the quarter inch mark after one inch. The macro with that set up is awesome. I spent like 3 hours one night just shooting stuff under my desk lamp. I really need to get any of my 35mm bodies into working order again. I miss film, though I love my D40x to death I don't have the same lenses and I don't get the same feel from any of those pictures, the lack of process divorces me from my investment in the pictures or something.
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    Before I got my current digital camera, I played around with a Philips Keychain Digital Camera. It's essentially like a pinhole camera, since you can't focus, you can't frame, there's no flash -- shall I go on? You simply pointed it in the general direction, pressed the button and said a prayer. You can see the results here. Plus, it was only $20 and you can fit it in your closed fist. More comments on it here.
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    People who are using Lomos, Holgas, Fisheye, or Diana-style cameras might want to take a look at the Ringflash that is compatible with those cameras. I almost bought a Lomo just to use a Ringflash with it.
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    >Have you ever seen/heard of the polgaroid? Supposedly a modded holga that uses polaroid film.

    I shoot with one of those all the time. For those of us who loved the fucked-up lens of the Holga coupled with the soft focus and slightly off colors of the Polaroid, it was panic time when the company stopped making 80 series film. Now, a Japanese company has stepped up and made a new Polaroid back that takes 669/690 films.
    The backs cost $130, which is insane for a $25 camera, but I like the look so much I had to get one. If you have too much money, you can get one too:

    http://www.freestylephoto.biz/sc_prod.php?pid=1000002288
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      CommentAuthorBen
    • CommentTimeJan 24th 2008
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    Ding! Awesome. Thanks Kadrey!