My Toy Camera Collection

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My Toy Camera Collection

Holga 120 CFN

toy camera (14)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)

toy camera (8)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)

toy camera (2)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!

LomoKino

toy camera (11)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

toy camera (7)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)

toy camera (15)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!

Oktomat

toy camera (5)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)

toy camera (10)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.

Spinner 360

toy camera (13)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!

Juice Box

toy camera (3)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.

Split-Cam

toy camera (6)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

toy camera (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.

Nishika N9000

toy camera (12)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)

toy camera (9)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.

Sooter 35

toy camera (16)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!

Holga Micro-110

toy camera (1)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 :)

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Igloofest with Holga Tim

holga tim (16)Igloofest is officially over in Montreal and now I have to wait another year to go dancing in freezing temperatures. We only managed to go once which was too bad but I wasn’t able to convince Victor to go out again. The DJs change every year so some years there just isn’t a reason to go that often. I have some crazy memories of Igloofest, so I decided to look back at photos I’ve taken there and found ones from 2012 that I took with my Holga Tim. They are pretty bad, I think this was the first time I ever used the Holga Tim with the flash. I like the abstract ones with the distorted lights. I defiantly need more practice using my Holga Tim with flash, I am usually not a big fan of using flash but it’d be good to learn because it’s nice bring toy cameras to events like these where I’m worried about damaging my Nikon camera holga tim (33)holga tim (41) holga tim (25) holga tim (35) holga tim (29)these were taken the same month on my trip to Toronto in 2012 so I thought I’d share them as well

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Moments on the Bridge: Holga Tim & Disderi Robot

holgatim111aLomography Wednesday: Moments on the Bridge

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!

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*for more shots taken on the bridge I have some neat ones with my vintage Kodak Brownie camera: here

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The Last Basement Party: Holga Tim

holga tim (9)In Montreal for about 3 years, my life was all about the ‘Basement’. The “Basement’ was a clever name for a basement suite that many of my friends lived in and had come and gone from – the place to be – the place to party. That place had so many memories – we and Victor lived within a blocks walk from it for 2 years. Eventually things change though, it’s crazy looking at these photos now and realizing that half of these people have left Montreal now (mostly not by choice thanks to the government). I had this roll of film in my Holga Tim for over 1 year, just collecting random moments and it was really cool to find these shots of the last party that ever happened in the basement last week when I picked up my film from the developers. This party was probably just around a year ago. My favourites are the shots of Arturo, it’s too bad the shot of me and him my face is completely cut off (or maybe for the better – lol). Hope you like and RIP Basement.
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holga tim (4) Holga Tim : Portraits

Portraits taken with Tim are so much fun, there is so many ways to add cool elements to regular photos of friends. I haven’t used the camera that much recently and looking at these I am wondering why. I have a great opportunity though as I am going to visit friends in Vancouver in a few weeks and definitely Tim is coming with me. This week I thought I’d share a bit of my portrait collection, these shots are many from various parties at the Basement (which is the name of a house that was around for 2 years where a lot of friends lived). These are so silly and great. I really love half format cameras, and am hoping to get more in the future because I find them so much fun to play around with. I did a review of Holga Tim a few months ago as well that you can check out for more photos: here! holga tim (6) holga holga tim (22) holga tim (29) holga tim (27) holga holga tim (35) holga holga

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holga tim (27)holga tim (25)holga tim (20)It’s been a long time since I shared Holga Tim photos with your guys so I thought I’d share a few from my friend Nicole’s trip to Montreal a few years ago that I haven’t shared before. She’s so crazy and full of so much energy its always fun when you are around her (can’t you tell from the photos). These are just silly and fun but I wanted to share. I really need to take more photos with Tim this summer when I’m out with friends, its really fun to play around with. The last two I included because Butter is being super cute.

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Lomography Wednesday: Holga Tim Review

holgatimHolga Tim Review

HolgaTim is the newest member to the Holga toy camera team, and he is really unique. Tim comes is various colors, like my lilac purple and has double lens that appear on the camera as eyes with matching colored flash with color filters (if you want you as you buy seperately you can mix up flash color). The multiple lens allow for either 3D images, half frames and even multiple exposure. There is so much you can do with Tim, you will find lots of interesting ideas come to you while taking photos. I love this camera. Its not as fussy as most toy cameras and you can easy get a full roll of film developed, and even better if you take in half-frames a 24 shot roll you will get 48 unique  shots. Plus walking around with a smiling camera really makes people laugh. The flash is very good on the Holga Tim and most of shots I toke were with it. Day shots are possible but appear to be a bit dark but not as bad as other multiple lens cameras I have in my collection. The flash being detachable also makes this camera great for carrying around with you, it doesn’t take up much space at all and the filters do a really great job at making the photos extra fun, I love yellow the best. But what better way to review the camera then to show you what you can do with it.

The 3D shot with flash:
holgatim_3deffectHalf- Frame shot with flash:
holgatim_oneyeDaytime shot, no flash:
holgatim_noflashFlash with colored filter:
holgatim_colorflashDouble Exposure:
holgatim_doubleexposure (2)Self Portrait:
holgatim_selfportraitHalf-Frame with different colored filter flash:
holgatim_differentcolorflashHalf-Frame with different angles:
holgatim_differentanglesHalf-frame double exposure and 3D shot:
holgatim_doubleexposureAnd what happens when you advance the film without taking a half-frame:
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*you have to be careful when taking half-frames because if you forget to take a shot then 1 side will not have a photo. Or if your saving the shot for later and leave the lens eyes open you’ll easy accidentally take a photos or do a double exposure because you forgot what eye was open. I think once you get use to the camera it easy not to make any mistakes and I created a rhythm to how I wanted to do my half shots, and out of 3 rolls I only had it happen about 1 to 2 times a roll.

Top 10 of my Holga Tim photos:

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