This 4th of July I went to L.A. with my roommate to visit his family. I had been promising myself that I would go to the Queen Mary in Long Beach for the last three times I was in L.A. and this time I was determined to go. So After I had seen the fireworks at the La Verne high school.
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4th of July at La Verne Senior High
I went to the Queen Mary, it was fantastic. After spending almost a full day on the ship, I decided to go to a camera store before I went back to where I was staying. I didn’t have a particular camera store in mind, I just looked on my Iphone and found one that I hoped would have a good selection of old film cameras. After an hour drive, I was delighted to see this store filled with old cameras. It was staffed by a father and son team. The father was weirdly intent on getting cameras out the door, one guy asked if the 150 dollar price tag was negotiable, the dad shot back “75 dollars”, finally selling it for 50 bucks. I was thinking I had found the right place.
Soon the Father noticed I was looking at the vintage cameras, he walked over to me and asked if i wanted to see the stockroom. I agreed and was lead into the back of the building, where their was a table covered in stuff. About half of it was partially disassembled cameras, like someone had been using them for parts. The other half was in fair to pretty good shape. Their was your usual smattering of orphaned cameras whose film is no longer made and there is no easy way to convert them to take modern film. What was left I sorted through quickly, placing in a “want” and “dont want” pile. My plan was to ask what each item in my “want” pile cost and try to get a deal on two or three things for around 150 doll...
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The camera itself is dead easy to use, after you read the instruction.
You just load up the camera back with your favorite flavor of Polaroid (ahem, Fuji) film,
load the batteries into the external power unit.
To focus the camera, place the very edge of the aluminum frame guide to what you wish to photograph,
then pull the “trigger.” The ring-light will go off.
The flash is around the lens, providing even illumination for close ups.
Ive never had a camera with a trigger before.
Then develop the Polaroid normally.
This is an awesome camera, while it is pretty limited in its ability, what it does it does very well. I am going to try to use it to take photos of jewelery and watches for my clients who sell on Ebay.
Thank you Mr. Bolton for responding.
Stay thirsty my friends.