Apr 28 2013


I get this voice mail from the photo department at my local chain pharmacy (I only use the finest film processing for my plastic camera film) telling me that my film is “blank.”

Blank, like clear?  Or blank, like black?  I wonder.  So I go pick  it up before they throw it away.  It’s blank, like black.  The helpful person running the register suggested that maybe it never went through the camera.

No that’s not right, then it would be clear and still have the exposure numbers on the edges.


It’s completely obvious what happened.

My many-heavy-blankets-as-a-dark-box method of removing the film was not dark enough.  I kind of thought it wouldn’t be.  I really should have known better.  Obviously, I’m an idiot.

But there is one other possible reason.  And that is that the craptastic camera is itself not light tight.  That’s not the likely reason, I admit.  But it is an unbelievably crappy camera, so maybe.

You know what that means, right?  Yep.  I’ve got to go BUY some film to run through this puppy.  Fortunately, I know a lovely little establishment that sells expired film. For a dollar.

Oh, and you remember that this camera now has no rewind lever, right?  Well, we’ll cross that bridge when we come to it.

Apr 20 2013



Something about this little piece of crap caught my eye and endeared itself to me today while I was at my local thrift shop.  Perhaps it was its suuuuuper crappy plastic-ness. Perhaps it was the way it was trying to look like an SLR (see the hump over the lens where the prism would be?) when it is obviously a rangefinder (see the square viewfinder to the right of the lens?) Perhaps it was because of its multiple photo-techy features such as:


Advanced aperture control!



A new optical lens!

I gotta tell ya, I had one of them there cameras once with one of those old non-optical lenses and it did not perform well.  Not well at all.



A hot shoe!

And the best feature of all:  it already contained film!  Hey, there’s no window on the back, so how did I know.  Well, there was tension on that plastic take up spool, and a quick exposure and advance made the spool spin.  So, bingo.

It’s a nice sunny day so I decided to take my new toy for a walk. I was happily clicking away, taking pics of lomo-friendly types of things.  But around the 12th exposure, I noticed the advance mechanism was starting to slip.  I sensed that I was beginning to overlap my exposures, so I decided to roll it back.

After only about a turn of the crank, the tension let loose trapping the film inside.  Blerg!

Not having a dark bag, I improvised by taking the camera under the covers in my darkened bedroom. The knob on the take up spool broke into pieces and fell off in my hand.  Well, that explains why the rewind lever didn’t work.

This is starting to remind me of the cursed #23 roll

So I proceeded to rewind the film into the canister by hand, while reaching under the covers, and trying to corral all the little pieces of broken plastic.

And hey, it’s a 12 exposure roll of Kodak 200.

That explains why everything started to go wrong around the 12th frame.

Let’s take it to the lab, shall we?

Apr 9 2013

Mongo Want