This giant and strange looking beast of a camera is the MF2000T Motor Drive Twin Len Reflex which I picked up for $10 at a garage sale in the summer. Due to its black plastic body and general look and feel I’d say this was a camera from the 1980’s-1990’s era, however since I am unable to really find any information about this camera online I can’t say for sure. I normally don’t go for cameras of this type/time period however the extremely low price and the fact that it’s so unique I had to grab it. The camera features a viewfinder to the right of the lens that allows you to see an accurate view of what your shooting and has a much different look than typical twin lens reflex cameras (although I don’t know if that’s a good thing – this camera is very heavy and bulking). The camera also boosts a very loud motor drive that winds the film for you automatically. Beyond that it’s a fairly standard basic camera with four apertures settings and automatic focus. I’m going to try it out soon and see what I get, I don’t expect much but it’s an interesting camera none the less, lol.
Had the chance to take some instant film this weekend with my Polaroid Super Shot. Me and Victor went to play tennis at a court about 25minutes from our house by bike and we discovered this really cool wall structure a few blocks away. Victor found a plaque talking about how it was the site of an old factory so instead of destroying it completely they left the walls up and built a structure out of metal to stabilize both sides. The building in its original form must have been huge. I love that Montreal does try to preserve its history, even if it’s just the walls.
Tried to capture the moon in the sky but had the light meter on way too dark, the tiny white dot to the top center is indeed the moon however. Don’t know how the green ripples were created, aliens I guess.
Taking double exposures is always a risk, I’m still in the playing around period of seeing the difference between what works with a Polaroid camera in comparison to what I’m use to on my DSLR (surprising similar it seems). I am also still working on measuring distant by eye as well since I don’t have my measuring counter on the Super Shot like the Polaroid Colorpack has. The above shot is an example of a successful double exposure in my books while below is just a blurry mess.
Okay so the title is a little bit of an extreme but these polaroids definitely had a long journey from being taken to being scanned onto my computer. Mostly because I decided to sleep for 2 hours before getting up super early to go apple picking with Zara and Victor and was a lacking in the brain power to basically function. No only did I manage to lose one of my bag straps (that closes my camera bag) and my triceratops brooch from Hungry Designs….I forgot all the polaroids in Zara’s car. We don’t see each other much so let’s just say it was probably 4 months before I saw them again. Lol. Much to my dismay since these are probably the best instant shots I’ve taken in the last year. I’ve had them for a while but it felt weird sharing photos of sunny skies when it was -30 outside and snowing. A little late is always better than never (that’s my photography slogan by now I think). All of these were taken on a sunny late October day that looked like it would rain at any moment. We walked through a wonderful apple orchard in D’Oka picking apples and eatting them too (until we felt sick). It was a lot of fun and we ended up with a haul of apples and even pumpkins in the end. We also got to pet goats they had there too, that was probably my favourite part! I share some none instant photos of this day back in November so check them out here is you want to more.
I’ve been working on my viewfinder photography lately with my Kodak Duaflex and falling in love with it. These were taken during a walk to Parc La Fontaine while I watching the skaters on the lake. I’ve actually shown a few photographs taken on the same day without using the viewfinder technique with my Nikon if you want to compare. I just find the viewfinder photos to be more whimsical, yet they still have the sharpness and clarity that you would expect from a DSLR camera image. To me it’s the best of both worlds. I did load the camera up with film to shoot as well but it got jammed (again, this camera has a history of jamming on me) so I was a little disappointment. I’ve been trying to do a set where I take a viewfinder photo and a photo with the camera so I can compare scene for scene between the film photo and the viewfinder photo (thought it’d be a neat idea of the blog). When I got home I tried to fix the film jam without exposing the film but I had no luck and had to wreck a roll of 120mm. So I don’t know when I’ll be willing to reload that camera with film as it is a film eater but I am hoping to do a photo shoot with someone using the viewfinder method as I think that’d be neat.
Skating in Montreal is one of those things that always reminds me of being a kid. It’s just one of those things as an adult you don’t really think about but it’s still super fun to do. Every year I go at least once but this year I hope I end up going a few more times which will be tough since it’s almost the end of February. I went skating a few weeks ago at the Snow Festival (photos up in two week because I took too many and have to trim them down) and it was a blast. I own my own white figure skates that I think are so pretty but they are too skinny and kill my feet. It’s a good thing though because it means when I go skating instead of doing it for hours and hours like I did as a kid, I only do it for 30minutes because my feet hurt so much. The reason that’s a good thing is because Victor sits and watches me since he doesn’t skate and I don’t want him to be bored and frozen. I’ve tried getting Victor to skate, we did it once and he was terrified and held onto me for dear life for a few laps around the ice rink we were at and then decided it wasn’t his thing. Totally understand since he didn’t grow up in Canada so skating for the first time at 30 is probably not the easiest thing to do (it is so fun though, he’s crazy). Parc Lafontaine has the BEST skating and it’s free and I’ve never been. I didn’t even remember it was turned into a skating area when the lake froze until I showed up there on Monday to take photos of the snow. I don’t have my skates right now as I borrowed them to a friend who is out of town until the weekend, but come Sunday I fully intend to do my own skating and not just take photos!
For the new year I really wanted to push myself even further than my 365 Challenge and find a great way to incorporate my sense of adventure into my film and lomography photography. So I had a look around online for project similar to the 365 Project and found two that I just absolutely fell in love with. So I decided to take the leap and start them in the beginning of the year so I can see how far I’ve come by the time 2015 hits. Below I’ll briefly explain the projects and show you where I got the inspiration from in case you want to look into starting one of your own. Projects like the 365 and these are a great way to play around with your film photography and get practice with spefic cameras instead of waiting around for a party or a summer day to dig it up. Below I will explain each one and where I got the inspiration from in case you want to join me!
100 Strangers is exactly what it sounds like, take 100 portrait photos of 100 separate people that you’ve never spoke to or met before. Scary sounding, right? The idea of walking up to strangers doesn’t scare me that much even though I am a super anxious person and usually avoid it but I think actually doing it will be really tough. However combining it with silly film cameras and I think it’d probably be a bit of fun, people are always staring at me when I take photos with my vintage and toy cameras anyways so I may as well talk to them…right? Okay I haven’t started yet and it’s almost the end of January – better get moving. This one will be film and digital but I am hoping to capture most of my strangers on film. I will be sharing this one probably 4 random points in the year to update you on how many strangers I’ve captured.
Inspiration: I found out about this in a lot of different blogs as an alternative to 365 projects and thought right away was intrigued. There are plenty of groups on Flickr for it and it’s easy to find people amazing 100 Strangers projects. The only blog I read was this one and it was great read and informative. Some really amazing photographer do this project so I am excited to try it out. My own twist is doing it with film and with a variety of cameras which should make it interesting.
People & Places
People and Places is also again exactly what it sounds like. I found this project while looking up information about double exposure….I never actually thought of rewinding film before to make double exposures. How did this not occur to me? I mean I am sure in my high school photo class I was taught about this method but honestly I’ve always had a toy camera or a digital camera that was capable of double exposures so I am so use to that. Rewinding film and exposing it all over again is an amazing idea. There are so many possibilities this opens up, like sending the roll to a friend to expose again or even sending it to a stranger. With this in mind I thought I need limitation, but rerolling film and double exposing it again was the main idea. So if I only shoot places so it’s easier to get through the film and then perhaps on the rerolled film shoot only people, that way I can play around with different cameras and maybe add even more random elements to the equation while still guaranteeing a likely successful photos (people against nature or buildings usually make for the best double exposures). I hope to do at least 1 roll a month but I don’t know if I can hold myself to that so we will see how it goes. The best thing is I can do this at the same time as my 100 strangers.
Well as soon I had my eyes opened to double exposing the same roll of film I found this amazing tumbler called People vs. Places where one photographer takes photos of only people and then sends the film to his colleague who then double exposes the film shooting only places. Their work sometimes ends with such beautiful results!
It is starting to snow here so I thought I’d share some Holga photographs I toke back in 2011 of me and Victor walking around our old neighborhood to visit our friends in the Basement. The ones of the masks were taken on our old apartment’s back porch that went down onto an open rooftop. I miss that house and being able to walk a few blocks to visit friends, it feels like such a long time ago. I look so grumpy in the one Victor toke of me, lol. I have lots of photos to share with you guys coming up in the new year taken by this guy, it’s been really nice starting to use my CFN version more and getting back into the feel of it. My profile of me with it went up last week if you haven’t check that out, here.
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:
When I first started getting into film photography one of the hardest things was finding the film I needed. More and more these days stores that would normally carry film no longer have any stock, let alone carry specialized film like 120 or instant. A lot of camera stores as well have been losing business over the last decade so they tend to mark up film that is already expensive to begin with. It’s a really big hump that can prevent people from getting into film photography or giving up due to the cost. So I thought I’d share where I get mine and why I think it’s a great place as I was in this position about 2 years ago myself and was getting super frustrated with finding affordable film. This guide is for people in Canada and United States as I currently live in Canada and I am only aware of North American stores. However the online stores I reference are based out of New York City and do offer international shipping. Continue reading %s
This summer Victor and me spent a lot of time exploring our neighborhood around our new house and that meant going for walks around the Jacques Cartier bridge. I have a pile of photos from my toy cameras Holga Tim and Disderi Robot on our bridge walks so I thought hey what better way to spend Lomography Wednesday that show you those as it was one of the best parts of summer for me. I cannot believe it’s the last week of September already. It’s great to still be getting photos from the summer developed and getting reminded of those great moments of summer. I am excited for the leaves to start to change and fall. Haven’t decided which toy camera to start focusing on next but I think I’ll be trying out my Diana F+ and Diana Mini. So look out for those in October!
*for more shots taken on the bridge I have some neat ones with my vintage Kodak Brownie camera: here