I think everyone has this moment when they are into film photography when they have no idea what photos are actually on a particular roll because it’s been either sitting around for a while or it just took you months to take photos with a camera. Well today I’m sharing that moment with you, I actually found this roll of film inside my Disderi Robot 3 camera at the end of August and decided to take it in to be developed. I was pretty excited when I got these back from the store to see exactly what was on this roll. What I found a combination of shots from the winter, spring and the start of summer (yah that film was in there for a long time). Most of them were taken during my trip to Toronto in February to visit my friend Derek for his birthday and when I went with Starchild Stela to document her creating her piece for the Jem and the Hologram movie audition back in May. Just a few from a walk in the summer at the very end, completely random but that’s part of the fun with film. Hopefully that was fun to look through for you as it was for me. I think I’ll be having a lot more experiences with random photos when I get back into developing film. I am not very good a labelling or document what my film is. If you have any tips actually for documenting your photo process or film let me know in the comments.
My Toy Camera Collection
Holga 120 CFN
My first ever toy camera, I bought it at a local photography store back in 2007. It is the dearest one to my heart, you can check out photos I’ve taken with this guy: here, here, here, here , here and here! I don’t have a review but I do have a profile of this camera, here!
Holga Tim (purple edition)
This is also probably one of my favourite cameras, it goes with me everywhere. I bought this for myself as a Christmas present and it’s design really makes other people smile. Wish I could own one in every color, lol. You can see my review of it here! I also have photos of it here, here, here and here!
Diana F+ (Hudson Bay edition)
One of my newer toy cameras, I bought it off of Kijiji used for only $50 which is pretty amazing for the Diana camera with the flash. Didn’t have a say in the design but I really dig it…still haven’t really fallen in love with the camera overall. Feel like I’m a Holga girl and not a Diana one, lol. I have photos I’ve taken with it here!
Bought this two years ago after realizing how painful it would be to get my Super8 camera film developed. The LomoKino is really neat and a great alternative to people who want to create video with film. It doesn’t take much to finish a roll though but I found it really fun to try. Going to be making more mini-movies with it this summer. You can check out one I did last year at Piknic Electronik, here!
Disderi Robot 3
Love, love, love this camera. One of the biggest surprises, I mean for $10 and from Ebay you don’t expect much but this camera is delightful. Always with me to take silly photos while on vacation. I’ve done a review of it, here. Photo taken with it here, here, here, and here and here!
Holgaroid (Holga 120 GFN with Polaroid attachment)
Probably one of the most frustrating cameras I’ve ever owned and also one of the most expensive. I bought the camera and the Holga Polaroid back together used for $100 (although it’s a good deal since the attachment itself is $100 and at the time wasn’t being made anymore). If you want more information I have my review, here and photos here!
Another frustrating camera, but it does have a special place in my heart since it was my 2nd toy camera and a birthday present I bought for myself 4 years ago. It a neat idea for a camera but I wish it was better built and implemented. I have a review, here and a profile of it, here. Photos are here, here, here, here and here!
Diana Mini (Love is in the Air edition)
Another used camera off of Kijiji for less than 50% of the normal price, and honestly it’s one of my favourite designs for Diana Mini’s. I haven’t used it much since the sizing of the frames are so strange and I just know the local film developers wouldn’t print it off correctly. Have 2 rolls in my fridge all ready to be printed when I start doing color developement.
The only toy camera I bought while on vacation, this guy is from the old Toronto Lomography store ( I think? I might be making that up but I remember looking at these at the store). I was really excited for this camera but again because of the special size of the negatives I wanted to home develop the film and my first ‘test’ roll in black and white made me realize this camera is made for color. You can check out my test roll, here!
Another cheap Ebay camera, this one happens to be my newest one! I tracked it down because I’ve seen them floating around for the last few years and it looked like they might stop selling thems oon. They come in so many different juice boxes and milk teas designs. I really wanted the peach one but it’s really hard to find. Waiting to develop the 2 rolls I’ve taken with it.
Purchased on Amazon when I was buying books and it flashed up as an add on for only $12. I can’t wait to show you photos I’ve taken with the Split-Cam. I’ve only taken one roll with it last summer and another roll this weekend but my next Lomography Wednesday post in 2 weeks will actually be from this neat camera.
Disderi Robot 4
Bought this at the same time as the Disderi Robot 3 camera since they were so cheap. It’s hard to remember this guy when it’s a standard 4 lens toy camera and the 3 lens version of it is so much neater. Hope to run it through it’s paces at some point. $10 cameras from Ebay are hard to resist.
I bought this camera for a photo project I’m doing with Victor last summer when I thought making gifs was going to be my newest obession. We are collecting photos for it slowly so I image I will mostly be using it for the project and not sharing many but look out!
SuperSampler (Silver edition)
Picked up mine from Kijiji used for only $20 and still haven’t gotten around to taking photos with it…it also has a roll of film that was left in it from the original owner that I have no idea what to do with.
This is a toy and vintage camera that I received when my grandmother died. Never been able to get the flash working but it’s a cool edition to the collection. I’ve done a review of it here!
No idea why I haven’t tested this little guy it, I’ve had it since Lomography started producing 110 film again and I found it for under $10 on Ebay. I’ve had a roll of 110 film for it in my fridge for over a year too just ready to go. I just feel like I should bring it somewhere where the spy element of it’s size is useful.
So that’s it, my toy camera collection! I feel like I’ve barely scratched the surface. There are just so many cameras available these days and it seems lately the prices from the Lomography ones keep going higher and higher in the last few years. Although as you can see most of the Lomography cameras (ie the expensive ones) were bought used and the rest are mostly cheap Asian market cameras that honestly do an awesome job. So if you think I have piles of money to buy cameras – I really don’t. I think the most important aspect of toy cameras is their affordability. It’s better to spend the money on development and film – not the camera. Besides missing a few key cameras like Fujifilm Instax, and larger format Holga cameras I probably have at least one of every type of ‘trick’ available which is kind of neat. If you really want to see photos from one of the cameras I currently don’t have posts for let me know in the comments. Except the last camera I’ve actually taken photos with all the cameras but simply haven’t had a chance to develop the film for them yet. So it’ll be a good kick in the butt and I’ll know what ones people are interested in seeing :)
The Disderi Robot 3 Lens Camera is an all plastic toy camera with a fixed focus, shutter, and aperture (f8) that uses 35mm film. It has 3 lens and roughly cost $10 depending on what store you pick it up from (mine was 10$ with free shipping). There are other robot cameras with 2 or 4 lenses as well but the Robot 3 is the one being reviewed today. There is not much more information about this camera or the company Disderi but it’s a relatively basic operational camera. Lets get into some example shots and then I’ll give my thoughts on the Disderi Robot 3 camera.
Well that’s all of the various situations I could think of for the Disderi Robot Camera in action. I hope that gives a good idea of what the camera is capable of and different ways it can be utilized
So let’s get into why I love this camera so much. If you are familiar with my blog this will hardly come as a surprise to you since I’ve been posting photos all the time taken with this camera. The Robot 3 for $10 you get a super light easy to use grab and go camera that takes wonderful photos. I’ve used it with 100 and 400 ISO film and had good results with both, as well it adapts well to various lighting scenarios (worst being when it’s sunny and subject is in shade). My biggest complaint about the Oktomat and other multi-lens cameras are they always looks so muddy and there is little wiggle room between getting a photo that turns out either too dark or over exposed. I don’t have this issue however with the Robot 3. It adjusts well to lightening which is surprising considering it has no settings in which to change and I don’t get random light flares in my photos like the Oktomat which is positive. With that said the biggest strength about the Robot 3 is the way the 3 lens meld into each other creating this top full width shot with the two smaller ones below overlapping each other with an almost oval shape. Most multiple lens camera separate the shots on the film with black bars and this creates a disjoint between the shots so I find this blended way so much more appealing and you can create some really neat shots that way. The shots do look a bit funny when taken vertically instead of horizontal but that’s typical to most multi-lens cameras. The camera is also pretty darn cute, I got the white base with the green robot face and highlights but there is a lot of different options out there just in case you were a fan of this particular color scheme (I love it). The quality of the resulting images is also surprisingly good, I found the fixed focus works well and it can be used in many different situations and give good results. Moving the camera or subject does work depending on the speed but I find when it does blur it is usually a nice effect. There no flash or ability to add a flash so this is limited to being a camera that you can only use during the day and outside. As well the viewfinder is useless. So useless that using it will likely cause your photos to be completely the opposite of what you wanted instead of better. As well the obvious is that there is nothing you can manually set on this camera as every setting is fixed. That is the only negatives I can think of and for a lot of toy camera those are almost standard negatives. Also worth noting is the Robot 3 is not capable of doing double exposures out of the box (perhaps a way to change way I haven’t really looked into that). I love this camera, it’s been my go to camera all summer, it is just so easy to drop into your bag and click away (the sound the shutter makes btw is so satisfying) and you will not be disappointment when the film gets developed. I suggest getting it for taking fun casual photos of life and friends, I really enjoy it and love the results.
My Top 10 Disderi Robot Camera Photos:
For this week’s Lomography Wednesday we take a look back at my summer adventure to Prince Edward Island with the help of the Disderi Robot Camera. These were taken over the course of the 3 day trip out and about the island. I loved that we kept seeing tractors going down the highway on our way to places so you’ll notice a few tractors in the shots. There is also a few taken in the capital of PEI, Charlottetown at the harbor and some of the graveyard that we passed by a few times on our way back to the campsite. The last few were taken in New Brunswick on our first day driving for 14 hours. A nice mental break for Autumn as currently it’s starting to switch to winter and it’s not at all nice outside anymore. It was a really fun trip. I am hoping to get a review up of the Robot camera soon as I have plenty of shots and really think it’s one of my best toy cameras, so look out for that in November.
So after last week’s disaster at the photo developers I have add enough time to hand scan all of my Disderi robot camera photos from late July (still no news about the prints I had to send back). I am feeling much more Zen about the whole experience and am encouraged to start learning how to develop colored photos sooner so I can eliminate the middle man. Scanning photos is really the most time consuming part of film photography I find. It toke me about 2 hours to do them all but it is so satisfying once I am done. These are behind the scenes shots of photos shoots I did with my friend Lisa Michelle and Jessica in Vancouver. I love capturing fun little moments like this. The 3 shots blended into 1 really put a smile on my face. I used this camera all weekend when I was in PEI this past weekend – it is really exciting to see what you end up getting. There are so many more shots to show you from PEI and from Vancouver so expect more of this camera in next couple of weeks. I have started using my newest camera the Split-Cam as well last weekend so hopefully I will finish the roll soon and show you guys.
One of best places to be on the weekend in Montreal is the Piknic Electronik with a beer in hand and listening to amazing djs. This year the dj line-up hasn’t been as steller as in the past but the best weekend to be there is always the Mutek one. I toke my disderi robot camera with me and got some really fun shots of everyone dancing and enjoying the sun and music. San Proper’s live set was really good, and the rest of Mutek Piknic as well. I am in love with my disderi toy camera and will have a lot of photos to share in the next few months from the summer as it’s my go-to camera right now. Hope you enjoyed and if you are in Montreal or ever visit make sure to check out Piknic!
I’ve been waiting for the summer to try out one of my newest toy cameras the Disderi Robot camera, and finally a few weeks ago I started taking it around with me and Victor on our weekend adventures and walks around Montreal. I just got back the film last week and am so pleased with the results. The photos for today are from June when me and Victor walked around downtown Montreal and went to Mural Festival. The shots are sooo cool, I love the 3 lens effect and how the top shot is full width. It takes really good photos, I’m suprised so many shots turned out well. I am in love, and have already put in another roll and started shooting. For my upcoming trip to Vancouver I am going to bring my robot camera with me and take so many photos with it. If you interested at all in multi-shot cameras, this guy is cute and only $8 with free shipping if you look on Ebay. Hope you enjoy the fun three-lens result.
The Diana F+ “Hudson Bay Company” Addition.
the limited addition Diana is so colorful and fun, it takes 120mm film and detachable flash and lens. Allows for pinhole shooting and multiple exposures. Bought used for $35
Disderi 3 Lens Robot Camera
this quircky robot camera has 3 lens that takes 3 shots in a row on 35mm film and blends the images together unlike tradition multi-lens toy cameras that create lines between shots. bought on ebay for $10
Disderi 4–Lens Sampler
The big brother of the robot version, is the 4-lens shooter. Although it simply takes 4 shots in a row with its lens its really fun for experimenting and for $10, how could I resist?
Last but not least is the wonderful Supersampler that takes 4 vertically on 35mm film. Unlike other multi-shot cameras this one uses a ripcord and you can decide how quick it goes either 4 shots in 2 seconds or 0.2. I got it used for $25.
I cannot wait to show you the results from these cameras, I’ve already ordered more film and am ready to snap away.