Marcy's crappy 35 mm review:

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This is a group of ten 35mm cheezy plastic cameras. The kind you get for free when you open a bank account or subscribe to a magazine. While at a camera show with my friend, Steve, I stopped to buy my Bedfordflex. There were a few of these stupid 35mm’s on display. My friend began to bargain with the guy for the cameras. Turned out the seller had more hidden behind the table. They made a deal. Ten cameras for $25. I was shocked when Steve forked over the money! They are totally not his style. Imagine my surprise (chagrin?) when he presented them to me as a gift. Well, actually, he wants them back eventually.

Before we left the show, Steve approached a couple of those tables that have signs that say stuff like "We buy Hasselblad / Nikon". He asked them if they were interested in buying his grocery bag of cameras. It was mildly entertaining to watch the camera brokers poke through the bag. One was a good sport. She tried to be nice..."Not today" she said. The other guy was pretty rude.

Once I looked at them in detail they became of more interest to me. Obviously, the guy who sold them was somewhat attached. He had chosen them because each one had a different, interesting feature. These aren’t just your average everyday plain jane 35’s. These are top-of-the-line cheap crap. The one I used to create the images below was the Akira 2000N. It came with a lens cap that says "camera". There’s a motor drive-looking bump on it, but no motor drive (duh). The lens is adjustable for cloudy, partly cloudy, partly sunny and sunny. So it’s kind of complicated. The "color lens" is "focus free". The lens (6.3 f = 50mm series 198761) is made in Japan. There’s a sticker on the camera that states its made in Malaysia. Its got a hot shoe (that doesn't work, by the way) on top of what is supposed to look like the viewfinder but isn’t the viewfinder. The actual viewfinder is over to the left. These cameras work so hard to look as if they have features they really don’t have! I've found that I need to keep the camera on its cloudy setting, pretty much no matter what.

This email comes from Darrell Ohs:

"You're junkstore camera page rocks.  I have an Anny (Diana's twin sister), a micro 110 clip-on film cassettes type,  and a 35mm crappy promo-cam with motordrive grip and phony pentaprism.  The hot-shoe works however.  I bought it for $1 but I paid too much because the images are too good.  From ten feet away it looks like a $500 camera: I let my 5 and 8 year old kids horse around with it in public because it looks so reckless and irresponsible. The Diana is still King (or Queen) for producing the most surreal images.  Some of your lesser known cameras come close though.  Thanx for the fascinating site." [I'm truly glad that some one other than me thinks my site is "fascinating"! -MM]

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Visit Marcy's Adventures in Roasting Crappy 35's!

Here's a way to spice up your crappy 35 experience. Make it a Gala experience!

 Many glass beads, rhinestones and a Barbie high heel shoe ... but something's missing. I don't know quite what.

 

I'd been wondering what I'd use for a strap, then I found this fabulous beaded shoulder "strap" in an antique store in Kansas for $5.00. Matched the beads on the camera body to perfection. The camera recorded the following images:

 

When you're photographing a Gettysburg monument's hip, make sure there isn't a teeny tiny man doing exercises on it. Or ... not.

 

Just a park.

Our wonderfully romantic time at Niagara Falls (at alert level orange).

Some areas were still accessible.

Nuns at George Eastman House. One nun was taking pictures of three other nuns, when they started doing the can-can.

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