You never know what you're gonna get with old cameras.
Two months ago a friend gave me a 1972 Kodak Instamatic 30. It uses tiny film in 110-roll cartridges. It's certainly the smallest camera I own and slips easily into a pocket.
Being 50 years old has a disadvantage: the camera can't work without batteries (electronic shutter) and they don't make those batteries any more. Fortunately I discovered a clever work-around last month.
I had very low expectations for the camera due to its cheap plastic lens and small film-size. I was thus delighted to see beautiful, sharp pictures come back from the lab. Good focus, nice depth-of-field and impressive contrast.
This is now my favorite vintage camera and I plan to carry it with me everywhere. Morale: don't give up on something just because it's old!
Those are beautiful pictures, Ally! I'm so glad you're having fun with your wee pocket camera.ReplyDelete
Fantastic photos, Ally, and I'm really impressed you found your way around the battery problem! xxxReplyDelete
These are great! Very impressed you were able to get it work. Now you have to figure out how to get my vintage light-up compact to work, haha!ReplyDelete
Let me take a look... :)Delete
Wow wow wow! Glad you figured out a work around. These are great.ReplyDelete
Thanks, Sweetie. It makes me feel good to hear this.Delete
They are great!!!! I love the library sign one. WHat did you do to make it work?!!??!ReplyDelete
I combined three small batteries that are available into the space for the big battery which is not available.Delete
I can apply that motto to myself lolReplyDelete
What a cool discovery and beautiful pictures.
Karen @For What It's Worth
it looks great! I just starting to wonder how much goodness there still lays within old cameras I neglected thinking it will look badlyReplyDelete
"Don't give up on something just because it's old" is a VIBE. And so true, Ally! Thank you for sharing these photos- I love that the camera is working for you now and it's so small, which makes it all the more portable. :)ReplyDelete
Thanks for resonating. I carry this camera with me everywhere now. Took pictures at a new park yesterday.Delete
You're very clever to have worked out around the problem with the batteries (considering how old the cam) is. A few days ago, I revisited a family album and was surprised to notice how lovely were some of the photographs taken by my father when I was a toddler. I wonder if his old cam could be fixed. I don't remember the brand, but I'll ask him about it.ReplyDelete
P.S. These shots are great.
Stellar job finding a workaround. Inquiring minds want to know (if you are comfortable sharing it with us) what did the trick?ReplyDelete
I adore "MacGyvering" things and learning about approaches others have used. You just never know what a tidbit of knowledge like that might come in handy. :)
Autumn Zenith 🧡 Witchcrafted Life