Friday, October 25, 2013

World Toy Camera Day 2013

"WTCD 2013"
October 19th 2013 was once again World Toy Camera Day. The day originated quite a few years ago by Becky Romotowski. This image was shot on some expired film with my Lomo Sprocket Rocket Camera.

Thursday, May 02, 2013

PhotoFlex MX-35 Camera

"PhotoFlex MX-35"

Thanks to my friend Gilbert and his mother Leslie,  I have this new camera called the PhotoFlex MX-35. Its a variation model of the plastic Time (magazine) camera. They were built to look like 35mm SLR cameras but do not operate as such. The camera has a 50mm plastic lens that is fixed focus. You can adjust the aperture to F6,8,11, and 16 if the lens markings are correct. The camera does have a hot shoe so you can use a flash unit if you like. For this test I loaded up some expired supermarket branded film. Very easy camera to operate and I like my first results.

Monday, April 29, 2013

Worldwide Pinhole Photography Day 2013

"Worldwide Pinhole Photography Day"
April 28th 2013 was this years worldwide pinhole photography day. Got out to shoot a roll of film thru my Holga 135PC camera.

Friday, March 08, 2013

Photo Books That Inspire

 "Camera Obscura" by Abelardo Morell
Abe make some great photos by converting rooms into camera obscuras. He blocks out all the light with plastic over the windows and leaves a small pinhole opening in one of them. The resulting outside landscape is then projected onto the room walls and furnishings.  Abe uses a large format camera setup inside the room to capture the images in the book. Some exposures lasting up to 8 hours!

"Photographs" by  Rocky Schenck
Rocky's images in this book are dream like. He manipulates both the film negative and the prints surface. He says the images are "illustrations of my conscious (and perhaps subcoscious) dreams, emotions, and longings.....

"Explorations Along An Imaginary Coastline" by Martha Casanave
Gorgeous photos that capture some nice wide angle, distorting views from her 4x5 pinhole camera. The long exposures and sometimes solitary figures create some stunning imagery.

"Within Shadows" by Susan Burnstine
One of my favorite photo books of all time. Susan has been a photo friend of mine for quite a few years now going back to the first issue of Light Leaks magazine. The book is gorgeous and remarkable. The quote inside from Carl Jung sums it up nicely- :Who looks outside, dreams: who looks inside, awakes." This is a must have for your collections.

Friday, February 22, 2013

1st Shots- Belair X 6-12

"Belair X  6-12"

   Finally got around to testing out the new Lomo Belair X 6-12 camera. For this test I went wide and used the 58mm lens with the 6x12 mask. You get 6 shots on a roll of 120 film this way. This camera has an auto exposure mode. It basically is aperture priority with your choices of F8 or F16. No manual shutter speed selection except bulb. Typical zone focusing and you can select your films ISO speed. Other features include a tripod mount, hot shoe, and an additonal 90mm lens. There are 3 film masks to choose which format you want to shoot. 6x6, 6x9, and 6x12. I bought the City Slicker version which has the basic cosmetic trim. With the lens collapsed, it slides nicely into my bag. Takes some good holding technique to keep the camera still during shooting. The viewfinder was decent, just make sure you are using the proper one that matches your lens choice. Pretty fun camera if you like folders with the choice of formats and 2 lenses.

Friday, February 15, 2013

Adore Noir Magazine

  Check out Adore Noir magazine. Full of great interviews and stunning photography. Not all is film based, but a large portion of it is. They are also looking for portfolios. Chris Kovacs has made a winner here. From their home page-

Adore Noir is the world's first black & white, fine art photography, PDF based, E-magazine. We publish bi-monthlynand feature the works and Q&A interviews of six photographers per issue, along with articles covering a wide range of topics such as: Art vs Science.

When your purchase is complete a download link will be automatically emailed to you.
Please be sure to check your spam folder if you cannot find the email.
If you are downloading directly to iPhone or iPad and want to save the PDF you must have iBooks or Good Reader installed on your device.
We aim to be an inspiration to anyone interested in photography and the arts.
Chris Kovacs, editor/publisher

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Plastic Fantastic Talk video now online

Thanks to B H Photo in NYC and Deborah Gilbert for hosting my toy camera talk. It was recorded and now available on YouTube.

Friday, December 07, 2012

Plastic Fantastic Class

"Plastic Fantastic: An Intro to Toy Cameras"
I will be once again giving another toy camera class at B&H Photo NYC. Still time to register- REGISTER for Toy Camera Class

Friday, November 16, 2012

Holga Micro-110 Camera

"Holga Micro-110 Camera"
Finally tested one of Holga's smallest cameras- the Micro 110. Since 110 film is gaining some popularity due to the new films by, now is the chance to give one a try. I picked up the 110 camera from the good people at Four Corners Store The camera literally fits in the palm of your hand. Snap a roll of 110 film onto the back, advance the thumb wheel, and trip the shutter button. That's all there is. I used some expired Walgreens film for this test. You get a lot of grain working with these small negatives, but can be nice in the right situations. Lomography has fresh 110 film in stock and I get my 110 film processed by the good people at Old School Photo Lab

Thursday, October 18, 2012

New Jersey Psychic

"New Jersey Psychic"
More Holga stuff shot with expired Fuji color film. Ocean City NJ.

Friday, October 12, 2012

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Monday, September 24, 2012

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Friday, September 14, 2012

Juice Camera

Juice Camera

Manufacturer: Fuuvi
Date: 2011
Format: 35mm film
Price: $25.00
Summary: Plastic 35mm spy type camera

Technical Details:
 Aperture F9.5
 Shutter 1/100
 Lens 28 mm
 Wide angle
 Slight vignette
 Slight edge blur

Field Notes:
  Using this camera is as easy as stealing a juice box from your nephew. You can go 007 with this baby since it looks like a typical child’s juice box. It’s also as basic as you get with a toy/plastic camera. It has a simple viewfinder, thumbwheel film advance, and a secret straw type shutter button. For this test, I popped open the back door and loaded some color 35mm 400 iso film. After advancing the film with the thumbwheel, you just take a peek thru the viewfinder and push down on the straw shutter button. There is also film counter window to keep track of what frame you are on. When you trip the shutter a small lens cover slides out of the way before the picture is taken. It’s all part of the disguise! That’s about all there is to this camera. Small, easy to toss in the camera bag, and takes some fairly decent pictures. They make a bunch of different style drink labels to choose from. I bought mine from the good people at the Four Corners Store.    

Friday, September 07, 2012

Thursday, August 09, 2012

Friday, July 27, 2012

The Debonair Camera

   I just purchased the Debonair from the gang over at The Film Photography Project  The Debonair is kind of a hybrid Diana Holga camera. Lens is very Holga like and the body/back is very Diana like. It takes 16 6x4.5 cm sized shots on a roll 120 film. The box says it was made in Hong Kong and calls it the model 819. I have seen this camera around for some time now, but the Film Photography Project are selling it for 19.99! They even threw in a free roll of film. Going to take this camera on a little trip next week, stay tuned for sample pics.

Saturday, July 07, 2012

Lomo Fisheye Baby 110 Part 2

"Lomo Fisheye Baby 110"
Some more samples from this new Lomo camera. Shot on Lomo Orca 110 film. See previous post for full camera review. Developed and scanned by the good people at

Thursday, July 05, 2012

Lomo Fisheye Baby 110 Camera Review

Lomo Fisheye Baby 110

Manufacturer: Lomography
Date: 2012
Format: 110 film
Price: $39.00 basic version, $59.00 metal version
Summary: Plastic 110 film fisheye lens camera

Technical Details:
 Aperture F8
 Shutter 1/100 and Bulb
 Lens 13mm diameter

 Lens flare
 Distortion from fisheye

Field Notes:

  The Lomography group is at it again. They are still making new film cameras despite the totally saturated digital market. To top it off, they have brought back an old film format to boot. Their Orca film is the first black and white 110 film to be produced in years. The Fisheye Baby 110 is a fun camera to have on you at all times. It little size makes it truly pocketable. The basic camera comes with a storage back installed. It is basically for looks. It does have a frosted plastic screen, much like a ground glass, that allows you to preview your shot. This can only be done in bulb mode and with no film loaded. To take pictures, you have to take off the storage back and install the film transport back. There is a small slide switch that makes the switch fairly easy. Unless you want to use the camera as a shelf sitter for display, I see no real reason to use the storage back. Once the film transport back is on, you can now load a 110 film cartridge. First rotate the frosted plastic pressure plate clockwise. Slide the 110 film in place, and rotate the plate back to hold the film. Rotate the thumb wheel to advance your film, and its ready to take a photo. The Baby doesn’t have a shutter lock, so it is capable of taking multiple exposures. You have an N (normal) shutter speed of 1/100 of a sec. or bulb mode to select prior to taking a photo. A thumbwheel is how you advance your film and there are no focusing controls. The viewfinder is fairly decent and with most fisheye lenses, the closer you get to your subject, the more distorted they appear. Since the lens is plastic, expect some lens flair when shooting towards the sun. One unique thing about 110 films is that since it’s contained in its own cartridge, you do not have to rewind the film. For my first test of this camera, I used Lomography’s Orca b&w film. Normally 100 films have a frame counter window on the back to let you know what number photo you are on. The first batch of Orca film did not have it. I was told because there was no backing paper on this batch of film and that the open window would cause massive light leaks. If you use the Orca film, best to keep track of what frame you are on. If you don’t want double exposures, I would suggest you always advance the film after each shot so you don’t forget. When done shooting, just take the film out and have the lab develop. Don’t forget, most labs will have to mail this film out. I used the good people at Old School Photo Labs This crew knows film and specializes in toy camera stuff. The negatives are super tiny (17mmx13mm) so don’t expect to make huge enlargements. If you want to also save some headaches, have the lab scan your negs for you. You can imagine how much fun it will be scanning these tiny things! Lomography also has another version of this camera called Fisheye Baby 110 Metal. This version offers some metal trim and a pc flash adapter and they just introduce a new 110 color film called Tiger 110.   

C. Gary Moyer