This camera is another batch swapped for one, if you understand that weird sentence. I almost didn’t take it as I didn’t really want to bother with 110mm film again. But it looked so clean and small, a bit like a spy camera. I could imagine whipping it out of my pocket and copying some illicit documents.
Really, look how small it is and I have tiny girl hands. Before I tried a film, I played around with it. The wind on movement is completed by pushing the camera on the sides like an accordion. This example’s movement felt really smooth. In fact, once I did put in some Lomography film I took a shot and thought the film had not wound on. The movement was so perfect, I thought it could not have worked so I took the same shot again and watched the numbers as I pushed the camera. The number went to 3, so it had worked. The movement is sheer butter.
It was originally released in 1973 and I found it very easy to use. It has just two settings, sunny or cloudy, and a shutter release button. The weather settings change the speed from 1/50th to 1/100th. The aperture is fixed at f9.5. It does not need a battery to work. Simple and cool. In fact so cool that this article refers to it as a design icon. The article is an interview with the actual designer so he might be a little biased.
I tried a few shots at St.Aiden’s RSPB reserve, a place I have written about before. Then I remembered a weird adapter thing I had in my junk box. I fished it out, yeap it said 110 “adaptor”.
It fit the flash cube slots perfectly. I attached a flash and the cable, fired it up. Voila, it seemed to work. I tried a few more shots with the flash.
The adapter fitting was a little loose. Apparently, there is supposed to be a small plastic thingy to make it fit more snuggly. I didn’t have that so I had to hold the unit in place while using it. When I held it correctly, it fired without issue and exposed the shot quite well. The issue of pinhole light leaks from the backing paper is evident on a few shots. I hate those. It is a known fault and should be addressed.
Here are my results, you can see without the flash it is pretty useless inside. It did very well outside, if not pointed into the sun.
I was impressed with this little camera and would recommend it, I still would not recommend the film if there was any other choice, but hey, there is no choice. The camera sound mentioned in the linked article of “Ritsch-Ratsch-Klick” is very appealing and I found myself engaging the camera without a film just to hear it.
For a film, I would recommend for 35mm try Kosmo Foto Mono. Love that stuff.