Here’s the lineup for the next batch of the First Roll project. I don’t know when this blog transitioned from naked bodies to camera bodies but somewhere along the lines the content has transitioned into me collecting a ton of cameras; somewhere in the ball park of forty to be exact, and that number keeps growing each week. With this being said, I think it’s time for me to purge some of them on the SS Camera Club next week. Get ready.
I bought the gal her very first camera for her birthday and she’s been taking photos since. I was actually quite surprised by how excited she gets pull out her little pink snapper and capture moments so I figured I would add to her collection. I’ll admit, the “his and hers” film storages next to each other in our fridge is pretty cute.
Here’s some images that I forgot I shot last month while testing out a couple of cameras. I believe I used the Espio 80 and the Minolta 110 Date (infamous Ren Hang shooter of choice) but wasn’t too impressed with the output so I left these frames on the back burner. I’m going to chalk it up as a miss-fire and will reload them soon.
I’m going to be brutally honest, I had no desire to purchase another Espio due to my past experiences with this series of cameras and their lackluster ability to capture the vibe that I like in my images. I’ve seen countless people rave about the Espio 80 and the 90MC but unfortunately, both fell short for me when it came to my personal experiences with them. I was on the verge of completely writing off this line of point shoots until the Pentax Espio 140V scrolled on to my screen for an extremely reasonable price. Perhaps it was a calling from the camera gods telling me not give up so fast or maybe it was divine intervention, call it what you will but I’m glad I didn’t throw in the towel before pulling the trigger on this snazzy little shooter.
The camera showed up in beautiful exterior condition but I still wasn’t sure about the mechanics due to most second-hand snappers coming untested. It’s always a roll of the dice, especially when you’re buying an old point and shoot for the low price of $70 shipped. I was pleasantly surprised when I popped in the CR123 battery and heard the lens mechanism begin to open as everything was powering up. The LCD display was immaculate and the zoom extended and retracted as smooth as can be. The flash fired, the shutter blades opened and the film-spool spun which indicated to me that it was time to load a roll of Portra 400 and go on an adventure.
The first thing that I noticed was the smooth clamshell design and how user-friendly this camera is. There’s no extra buttons to add confusion or gimmicks to get hung up on, which means you don’t have to think about the mechanics and you can just focus on the framing of what you wish to capture. For me, this alone makes for a good design and is something that I hold in high regard when it comes to picking a camera that I’ll keep in my collection. Over the couple of days that it took me to run through the roll, I really tried to exercise different lighting conditions and compositions to test the full range of what the 140V is capable of producing. I was honestly shocked when I got the scans back and my eyes gazed over the images. I didn’t think that I was going to have anything usable but to my surprise, nearly every frame was correctly exposed and there was little to no image distortion when zoomed all the way out. For the most part, everything was nice and sharp and only a few frames got muddy or lost their dynamic integrity due to camera shake. This was probably caused by me trying to snap a photo while I was walking (no flash) or because I zoomed too far and was out of the focus range. Either way, the camera performed spectacularly and I’m glad this Pentax Espio 140Vfound its way into my hands. I guess the third time really is a charm.
Easy to use
Super sharp 38mm-140mm lens
Adjustable AF modes
Adjustable flash modes
Great contrast and tones
Somewhat slow lens
Shutter button has some tension
Viewfinder isn’t air tight (common problem with the Espio series)
To put a bow on this, I would highly recommend it to anyone who wants a well-rounded point and shoot that delivers dynamic images that has a sharp, crisp feel. The quality is not only superior to what I could have hoped for, but more importantly the user experience and output that this camera delivers is nothing short of praiseworthy.
Never allow your lack of know-how to stifle your creative pursuits. I’m learning how to edit these videos as I go and even though they are no where near what I know they’ll become once I nail my style, I refuse to let my skill-level stop me from creating.
One of my favorite aspects of coming up with new products or selling up-cycled items is creating the packing. I love coming up with concepts and adding a hands-on DIY aspect to everything that I offer. I love the effort and human factor that breathes life into the end experience of wherever the items end up in the world. To me, good packaging doesn’t always have to be lavish or cost tons of money. In fact, some of my favorite packaging that I’ve ever held in my hands was extremely basic but you could tell there was thought and heart put into the end product. That’s what it’s all about.
I decided to bring the First Roll project to Youtube and boy is it a fun; and an equally challenging experience. This two minute video took me three days to film and edit but the amount of new editing techniques that I learned was astonishing. That’s what it’s all about; taking a step or two forward everyday and before you know it, you’ll be standing in your full potential.
After filming my Youtube video the other day, I was quite perplexed on what I was going to do with all of the cameras that I received. To be completely honest, I thought the seller was just going to send me a box of junk. Non-working pieces of plastic that I would have to take to a recycling center. I was beyond surprised this morning when I discovered that twenty-seven of the thirty cameras were actually in full mechanical working condition. After lining them up in perfectly balanced rows, it hit me, I’ll pay-it-forward by donating half of them to a local thrift store and offering the other half on a first come, first serve basis for a very reasonable price ($30 including shipping within the US). We’ll even be throwing in free stickers and whatever other random stuff we have laying around. If you’ve been wanting to get your feet wet by buying an inexpensive point and shoot film camera, this is the perfect opportunity to dip your toe in at a low-risk, high-reward. The club opens up at 12pm and you can get there from here.