Let’s start with the. Originally invented by Vivitar, it was known as the Ultra Wide and Slim cameras and was as cheap as chips. However, despite its popularity, the camera was discontinued. That’s when Japanese toy camera maker SuperHeadz swooped in and reproduced the Ultra Wide and Slim as the White Slim Angel, Black Slim Devil, Yellow Peace and Blue Ribbon; among others depending on their colour.
These are strictly speaking, toy cameras that allow for a bit of fun and carelessness. It’s made entirely out of plastic and features a fixed shutter speed of 1/125th of a second, a 22mm wide angle fixed focus lens at an aperture of f/11 — you guess, it’s fixed. This camera is as customisable as a pencil. But still, it’s the hype of all pumped up lo-fi photography fans because of its low price; anyone can afford to buy one of these and give film photography a go.
The camera is completely mechanical and operates without any electronics or batteries, for that matter. All you need to do is insert any 35mm film and wind it up. For that reason alone, it’s very low maintenance. Film advancement is done manually via a dial at the bottom.
Like the Diana F+, the SuperHeadz Wide and Slim viewfinder does not provide a true representation of the resulting image that hits the film. So the user will have to adjust for parallax error when framing up a shot. This takes a bit of practise to overcome and is definitely a very, very small obstacle in order to achieve truly unique lo-fi photography.
Here are a couple of samples:
Holga 135BC & Accessories
Next up is the. The Holga initially began life as a medium format camera using 120 film. But in 2007, the 135 model was released and uses 35mm film. The first generation Holga 135 cameras didn’t produce the same strong vignette that the original Holga did so they released a 135BC version to make the vignetting more pronounced.
One of the main reasons to own a 35mm film camera as opposed to a medium format camera is convenience. It’s so much easier to just grab a roll of 35mm film and drop it off at any photo lab to get it developed. And with the Holga 135, you’re still holding a Holga — just with added convenience. It’s smaller and lighter than the original Holga, has a 47mm f/8 plastic lens and a shutter speed of about 1/100th of a second– and just about everything else on this camera is plastic, similar to the SuperHeadz.
Among the many things that I enjoy about owning a Holga 135 is the various types of add-ons which are available for it. Let’s take a look at two of those: The Holga Wide Lens and Super Filter Set.
The Wide Lens is essentially just a bit of kit that slides over the existing Holga lens and expands the field of view. It sort of adds a “fisheye” effect to the image, although not as pronounced. And since the Holga 135 comes fitted with a 47mm lens, this Wide Lens does help when taking close-up shots.
The next is thewhich includes a filter holder, 3 prism filters, 4 diffusion filters and 4 colour filters; to allow you to quickly add some quirkiness to your snapshots without Photoshop. Take these out at a party and you’ll quickly find yourself being the centre of attention.
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