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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Oktomat in New York

Oktomat (45)Oktomat (57)Oktomat (17)Oktomat (27)Oktomat (23)Oktomat (26)Oktomat (32)Oktomat (40)Oktomat (85)Oktomat (69)I really should rescan these negatives, they are from back in the day before I scanned my own negatives and man the resolution is just terrible on the store scans. Wanted to finished off my collection of film photography so I can force myself to finish developing the 10 rolls I have in my fridge. Seriously I think I film in there from 2011. My color film chemicals haven’t seen the light of day becuase I am so worried about not being able to maintain the correct developing tempature. So instead I am clearing out all my lomography photography that I haven’t shared in the hopes when I run out (will it work?). If you haven’t guessed by the title all of the Oktomat shots are from a trip to New York. I went just after I had been in Montreal for the first year back in 2010 with my friend Zara was in town visiting her uncle. The trip ruined my chances of visiting often by spoiling me. Instead of a hotel or hostel we stayed at her uncle’s amazing apartment that was right by Central Park in the Upper West Side of Mahatten and the idea of staying in a stetchy hostel now seems just not worth it. Every year I want to visit New York again becuase we didn’t get a chance to view Coney Island and other parts of New York I wanted to explore…then I remember the beautiful apartment with the rooftop terrace and what awful or expensive hotel I’d have to put up with. Airbnb has some really neat house rentals though I’d be tempted to try out if I could convince someone to go roadtripping with me. The last three shots are from the Greyhound’s brief stop in Albany, if you want to check out more I shared more from the trip on a post last year, here!

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Oktomat: Zara in Wonderland

Oktomat (63)Zara in Wonderland is back, this time with some oldies from our New York trip taken in 2010 using the Oktomat. It’s strange looking back because for me it doesn’t seem that long ago at all. I guess I am getting old when the years just start to blend together. It was a fun trip and I love these sequences shots. It would be so much better if the Oktomat was actually capable of doing proper sequence shots, I would still be using this camera if it functioned properly. For now though it’s one of my permanent on the shelf cameras that I get nostalgic about but not enough to actually deal with its bullshit.  I haven’t done a photo shoot with Zara in forever, she’s always fun to shoot with because she is always so willing to poise for me and do weird things. We tend to butt heads a lot though when we are on vacation together. Not pictured is us having hissy fits at each other because we refuse to listen to each other and are both very stubborn. Perhaps I shall see if she’s done for another photo shoot soon.  Lol.

Oktomat (66)Oktomat (60)Oktomat (90)Oktomat (56)Oktomat (51)Oktomat (84)Oktomat (65)Ps. If you want to see why I don’t use this camera anymore check out my review.

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Oktomat and Me

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Self-Portrait: Oktomat and Me

  Oktomat is one of the brightest toy camera I have  and what a perfect camera to match my new Fall hair color. This guy was the 2nd toy camera I ever owned and despite it’s many drawbacks I always really love shooting with it.  It ‘s a really fun camera to use with it’s 8 shots taken in the span of 2.5 seconds. My outfit today is inspired by the fun playful nature of the camera. I really love having orange or redish hair during this season so I changed my hair last weekend to match the leaves and am in love with it. Its strange going from pale pink hair to such a dark color over night, I feel a little weird looking at myself in the mirror. It’s really fun though and I love the red tips. As I am sure you tell from my self portraits I love having different colored tips. I am so excited to have orange hair for the next month but a part of me is already thinking about what to do for winter.

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If you’d like to see photos I’ve taken with the Oktomat you can check out my posts here, here, and here and even my review of it here!

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Lomography Wednesday

I am so disappointed today with my local print shop. Montreal has the worst print shops for photography – I honestly cannot find one that doesn’t make mistakes. So happy that I am able to develop my own black and white, I really wish I felt confident enough to try color. I think by Christmas I will have to try it at least once to see if I can do it because today I wanted to share with you these great shots from Vancouver with my robot camera that I’ve been obsessed with this summer and I can’t because the print shopped messed up. I usually scan the prints they give me even though they include them scanned on a CD because I scan with a higher resolution but I just got them back last night and didn’t have time. So I whipped out my CD and decided to pick a few and realized they hadn’t scanned any of them properly, I mean hair particles, finger prints, black lines, crooked photos…you name it my scans had it.  And on another roll they didn’t even include the CD and scanned my Holga Tim half frame camera as 62 full framed shots, those I had to return because I wasn’t going to pay $30 for their mistakes. I honestly don’t even feel like using them again and they were the last shop I was willing to give my film too. I remember when I first started looking up about developing your own film and reading a site that said something along the lines of “even if you do an okay job you will put a lot more care and attention into your own negatives that any shop will and that will make your negatives better” It’s very true. So instead of staying up till 3am scanning photos, I’ve decided to wait until next week and instead share some Oktomat shots from the Just for Laughs Festival a few summers ago.

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Nicole toke these cute shots of me blowing suds!
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Lomography Wednesday – Oktomat Review

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The Oktomat is a multi-lens toy camera that takes 8 sequential shots in 2.5 seconds on 35mm film. It works best with lots of light and using the highest possible speed of film like 400 or 800. I got mine a few years ago and have taken many rolls of film with it. Its a typical toy camera in the sense its very light and made with plastic. It also has a view finder that does little to inform you of what you are shooting, and it has no settings, just shoot and go.  I will show some things you can do with the camera before giving you my over all experience with it.

Oktomat (9) (1024x683)The subject moves, and you move. This is probably the funniest mechanic.

oktomat (18) (1024x683)Still life

oktomat (52) (1024x683)You are still and the subject moves

oktomat (46) (1024x683)You move and subject is still

oktomat (7) (1024x683)Shade (both taken on very sunny summer days)

oktomat (3) (1024x683)Sequence shots, you’ll also notice that it shoots backwards to what you’d except. Meaning if you want to have a sequence shot that look like sequence shots….you cant

oktomat (29) (1024x683)Self-portraits are doable

oktomat (51) (720x480)Oh and this happens…..all the time. The first and last square has a knack to going red, the lighting doesn’t matter, no light, lots of light….red corners.

oktomat (31) (683x1024)if you are curious to see what a night shot looks like, this was at dusk

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Conclusion:

One of the first things you will learn about the Oktomat is it cannot shoot in minimal light or indoors, even a shot taken on a sunny day in the shade will cause shots to be dark. Not to mention pictures taken in the bright sun lead to light flares all over the film. I found the overall quality of the finished pictures whether I toke them in plenty of light or not to be very poor. That is one of the main reasons I do not use this camera any more. Also you will find on the pictures on the  packaging for the camera to be very deceiving, some of them look pretty much impossible to be shot with the actual camera which is unfortunate to say the least. Example: sequence shots (as shown above) the camera takes photos from the bottom left to right and then top right to left….don’t ask me why because I didn’t make the camera, but isn’t that really dumb?  However the camera is fun and you will have will have fun trying to think of interesting ways to use the 8 lens mechanic and the 2.5 seconds of shooting time. However when I got my film back each time I was mostly disappointed. For me it was more fun to take the shots then it was to look at them because they never quiet turn out how I imagined. It is my opinion that this is a fault with the camera itself since after several rolls and experimenting a lot with lighting I got the same results. Despite this I never had any technical problems with this camera until it was about 1 year old. Now it tends to get jams in the middle of the film and wont advance so I have to open it up to get the film unjammed so it will advance and in the process expose that section of film. That might just be from heavy use although I’ve taken pretty good care of it. Otherwise it has held up very well and the plastic is very sturdy, although the jamming is annoying. I think the red square were intended because a quick look of any Oktomat Flickr group shows most people get them, so I can’t claim this to be a technical issue, rather a intended design (a poor one at that). In conclusion the photos are fun and if you aren’t bothered by getting okay photos instead of great photos and just want a cool photo to remind you of a sunny day than this camera will work for you, plus the film can be developed anywhere. If you want a multi-lens camera I suggest trying a different one than Oktomat to begin, there are plenty of different cameras out there do have better resolution and quality.

My Top 10 Oktomat Photos:

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Lomogoraphy Wednesday

I’ve really been missing my friends. In a month it will mark 4 years since I moved from Vancouver to Montreal and even though I don’t regret it and have meet the most amazing people here its really tough sometimes being on the other side of the country from my best friend (and all my other friends too). I’ve only had the change to visit once since moving out here 2 years ago and was looking through the photos of that trip and thought I’d just have to share. I had only brought with me my DSLR and my Oktomat camera. I was trying to find cools ways to take sequence shots so in my friend’s backyard after a party I held I lined up everybody and tried to basically go down the line as fast as I could.  Here are the results, they are really funny even if they aren’t the best photos ever (I actually stopped taking a lot of photos after this trip because I realized how poor the results were).

Oktomat (1) Oktomat (6)Oktomat (5) Oktomat (7) Oktomat (9) Oktomat (12)My friends are so funny. I can’t actually believe they actually manged to pose that many times for me. I actually toke photos of them flipping their hair up with my DSLR, and they are even more hilarious. Hope your having a great Wednesday. It’s really made me happy looking back at these.

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Lomography Wednesday

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These photos are from a 2010 trip to New York City using my Oktomat toy camera with my friend Zara (in Wonderland). It was amazing, we were there for 3 days and stayed at her uncle’s amazing apartment in Mahatten by Central Park and it was so great. I brought the Oktomat as I had just boughten it a few weeks before. I really love these photos and am so happy to share.

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  1. Zara running around Central Park
  2. MoMa sign.
  3. Zara on top of the Alice in Wonderland statue in Central Park
  4. View of Manhattan from the bus.
  5. Zara posing by some street barricades.
  6. New York City taxi.
  7. The park facing the Liberty Statue
  8. Zara in Battery Park
  9. Checkerboards in Battery Park.
  10. Guy with dog in his bag in Manhattan
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Lomography Wednesday

This week I wanna share my shots using Oktomat from Canada’s Wonderland in Toronto a few years ago. This camera can be really fun to take on vacation, and man its nice to see shots from the summer, I really start to get sick of winter around this time of year. So its nice to look back a summer photos. This camera isn’t always the most steady or clearly but I love its charm and all the various ways you can take photos with it. Its really fun for trips or when I just want ot be silly.

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