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Is this a REAL camera? What brand? Is it worth anything?
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Apr 2, 2019 07:17:03   #
billnikon (a regular here)
 
PA Shutterbug wrote:
A friend of a friend asked for information on this "camera." Help!!!


Unfortunately this camera is so light it is not even a good paper weight. This film camera was made under many names. Originally sold for about $5 back in the 60's and forward.
Not really worth anything now. But, who knows, shine it up and put it on Ebay labeled as a collectors item, very, very rare, $600.00, WHO KNOWS RIGHT.

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Apr 2, 2019 07:36:31   #
foathog (a regular here)
 
BebuLamar wrote:
It's a real camera alright but it's worth nothing.


You have to be kidding!!! One could NOT be serious. Very Funny. But it does look like a model from that famous Japanese brand called Shitonme.

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Apr 2, 2019 07:37:54   #
BebuLamar (a regular here)
 
foathog wrote:
You have to be kidding!!! One could NOT be serious. Very Funny.


I am not kidding. I saw them in estate sales often. Nobody buy it. But it's a real camera that can take pictures. As I have said originally were sold for about $5 or free if you subscribe to something.

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Apr 2, 2019 08:07:04   #
Don, the 2nd son
 
MT Shooter wrote:
its an all plastic "give away" 35mm camera that was literally given away to magazine subscribers free when they subscribed. Many different magazines did this in the 70s and 80s with most putting a sticker on them with their name.


Usually kids magazines, seed packets etc. Fun for 8-10 year olds 60-75 years ago. I still have some b&w prints I took with mine. ULTIMATE "starter camera!"

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Apr 2, 2019 08:26:30   #
classic320
 
looks a bit like a "Diana" camera, all plastic, usually 120 film. Usually had some limited exposure control. These were actually modestly popular a couple decades ago, mainly as an anti-tech statement. Could produce intersting pictures in the right hands, which I guess was the point......

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Apr 2, 2019 09:18:06   #
Goober
 
I am not familiar with this particular camera however there are a couple brands of all plastic cameras that still do have some limited popularity. The most popular are the Diana F and the Holga, and new ones can still be purchased from B&H. They may use film formats 110, 35mm or 120 roll film. Yes these are crappy cameras with just as crappy plastic lenses, complete with light leaks, low contrast and distorted images, however with the right subjects and black and white film you can produce some very interesting images that resemble those of the early photos of the 1800’s. There are even international photo contests based around these cameras, ie; BLACK & WHITE photography magazine and images made with these cameras sometimes show up in exhibits in some high-end photography galleries.

The camera you show here looks to be the bottom end of the plastic cameras however if it is cleaned up and still works I’m sure a die-hard film photographer would enjoy playing with it.

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Apr 2, 2019 09:25:59   #
lamiaceae (a regular here)
 
Seems members are covering what you need to know. But it really seems like you are a Day late (yesterday was April 1). Just add it to your nearest landfill.

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Apr 2, 2019 09:58:34   #
Bill 45
 
lamiaceae wrote:
Seems members are covering what you need to know. But it really seems like you are a Day late (yesterday was April 1). Just add it to your nearest landfill.


Do what he had wrote. Move on.

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Apr 2, 2019 10:25:47   #
adm
 
It looks like something that came as a free offer with a magazine subscription or something like that. It is probably worth nothing and should best be used as a paper weight.

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Apr 2, 2019 10:39:11   #
47greyfox (a regular here)
 
Might suffice as a paper weight? Clean it up first by dunking in a soapy water.

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Apr 2, 2019 10:55:48   #
SkyKing (a regular here)
 
joehel2 wrote:
Looks like it still has the dust from the bottom of the Cracker Jacks box.



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Apr 2, 2019 11:03:58   #
John_F (a regular here)
 
Fill it up with pennies and you got a paperweight.

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Apr 2, 2019 11:23:05   #
srt101fan (a regular here)
 
Goober wrote:
I am not familiar with this particular camera however there are a couple brands of all plastic cameras that still do have some limited popularity. The most popular are the Diana F and the Holga, and new ones can still be purchased from B&H. They may use film formats 110, 35mm or 120 roll film. Yes these are crappy cameras with just as crappy plastic lenses, complete with light leaks, low contrast and distorted images, however with the right subjects and black and white film you can produce some very interesting images that resemble those of the early photos of the 1800’s. There are even international photo contests based around these cameras, ie; BLACK & WHITE photography magazine and images made with these cameras sometimes show up in exhibits in some high-end photography galleries.

The camera you show here looks to be the bottom end of the plastic cameras however if it is cleaned up and still works I’m sure a die-hard film photographer would enjoy playing with it.
I am not familiar with this particular camera howe... (show quote)


UHH member "aellman" uses a Diana camera for some of his work. I remember a photo he posted. Pretty cool.... shows that in the right hands it doesn't matter if it's a D850 or a Diana!?

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Apr 2, 2019 11:51:44   #
wdross
 
PA Shutterbug wrote:
A friend of a friend asked for information on this "camera." Help!!!


Is it a real camera? Yes. Is it a real good camera worth $200? No. I'm not familiar with the Diana, but it looks very similar to a Hoga. They're all real cameras that are "valued" for thier inconsistencies and deficiencies. They have their own uniqueness but not worth $200.

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Apr 2, 2019 11:52:00   #
nadelewitz (a regular here)
 
Not so fast, all you doubters!

Yes, it is a real camera, though not a very good one. There have been numerous cheap plastic camera like this (Holga, Diana....) using 35mm or 120 film. They generally leak light like sieves.

Not what the many "discerning" UHH snobs would consider using.

BUUUUT.....there are organizations devoted to the selling and use of these things. Lomography is one. It's like a cult of users of crappy Chinese/Russian junk cameras.
There are people...artists, students, etc...who love to experiment with and use these because of the weird unpredictable things they can do to an image...light leak effects, distortions and aberrations, etc.

If the shutter works and the lens is reasonably clear, it can produce images.

The one pictured does look to be coated with mold/mildew though, so wash it off.

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