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Cheap "Toy" Camera: Good For Lomo, Bad For Everything Else
on September 16, 2011
You should know what you are getting into with this. It's a toy camera. Everything is plastic. If the lenses aren't, they look and shoot like plastic. You have no view finder to speak of (you can try to use the things on top, but they are a waste of time). Loading and winding the film is fidgety. What this does do is take awesome lo-fi photos, the style that were cool (I guess) a few years back. The kind of pictures people spend a lot of money to create with buying "lomography" cameras. Except this camera cost 10$.
I've run five rolls of 36 exposure film through mine without problem. You have to load the film very carefully. I might recommend a spot of duck tape where the film gets wound;I haven't done this but I've considered it. I have to press the back of mine firmly when I wind it so that the film will spin the gear that restarts the shutter; otherwise you waste a lot of film.
The pictures I've taken have turned out well. The shutters stay open a bit long for too much action. Hold it steady. And between the colour filters and tiny film area nothing farther away than ten feet or so tends to look like much. (With a few exceptions.)
I would absolutely not recommend this for children. It's for adults who have read too much, or have nostalgia for the grainy, blurry, vignetted, stylised photos of the past.
I love this camera. I'm buying a second one. They're only ten bucks, and they might be discontinued. After all, they are sold by a company that also sells fake dog poop.