8) Camera Retro
Let's face it, digital picture-takers are like the New York Yankees of
photographers. As in, what's the fun of having unlimited resources
enabling you, in this case, to sate your lens-love anytime, anywhere. In
contrast -- a mostly monochrome construct, I know -- film shutterbugs
are New York Metsian. They have to shepherd the limited resources of
each 35mm roll, many of the pictures won't come out because of incorrect
shutter or aperture setting (or because they just stopped hitting), and
by that point you're out of money.
Strained baseball analogy aside, the solution is Lomography
I stumbled upon their cool San Francisco store while headed to a
Chinese restaurant on Sutter Street. (OK, it was an Asian fusion
place.) As the pix proves, Lomography offers a cornucopia of primary
colored, Russian-style film cameras. They are so cool it almost makes
one want to take pictures.
I haven't been so excited about photography since I restored a Yashica Electro 35
rangefinder camera back in 2003.
Lomography's Sutter Street Store in San Francisco.
The Fisheye Baby 110 Bauhaus Edition sells for $55. Yes, that's 110,
which is to film formats what 1-3/4 ips tape is to audio recording.
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