I've been in the market for a simple lo-fi 35mm camera for a little while now. I've rounded it down to 2 models at this point.. I think. My first option is the Superheadz Ultra Wide and Slim which is a clone of the Vivitar ultra wide and slim (discontinued) and they're piece for piece, really. It's simple and small enough to carry anywhere, which is really what I'm looking for. With a fixed aperture and shutter speed (f 11 & about 1/125) you might think there's no big deal with this little guy, but it's the wide angel lens at 22mm that sets it apart. That's what creates that vignetting and touches of softness in your photos. The handsome fellows below are some examples.
Then, there's the Holga 135 BC, which you can check out here. I've been using Holgas since I was in high school, they're simple to use and tons of fun to play with! The 135 BC is different from it's big brothers, as it takes 35 mm. This guy comes with a choice of f/8 or f/11 then the normal (1/100 sec) or bulb and then you've basically got a fixed focus 47mm lens but you do have a focus ring for subjects of varying distances. There is a 135 model as well, however the BC also gives you a vignetting effecting, but it's kind of faked. There's a built in vignette mask that creates "burnt corners." This one's a bit more of a risk for sure, but check these examples out.
I'm still on the fence, but since both cameras are under $50, maybe I could try em both! What do you guys think? Give me your feedback if you own either!
And THEN have you seen this...
Ain't she sweet? The Carhartt x PowerShovel 'Blackbird Fly' twin lense reflex is the newest release from Japanese camera distributer PowerShovel and it will be available Fall/Winter 2011, which is when it will hit my doorstep. Check out more specs and details here.
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