A story of two Nomads, on a continuing journey...

The Sawyer's Nomad camera review:

no·mad  (nmd)
1. A member of a group of people who have no fixed home and move according to the seasons from place to place in search of food, water, and grazing land.
2. A person with no fixed residence who roams about; a wanderer.

[French nomade, from Latin nomas, nomad-, from Greek nomas, wandering in search of pasture; see nem- in Indo-European roots.]

A pair of Nomads...on a continuing journey. Solid little brown Bakelite cameras, these Nomads are built to weather some rough terrain. Built in 1957, the 127 Nomad looks like it already has done just that. The Bakelite looks great but the detailing on the metal front piece has worn. Both have their original boot-string straps, which give them an even more nomadic look. Ready to strap on their boots and head out in search of fresh grazing land. I used 120 film in the 620. I trimmed the edges of the spool down and it worked just fine. The 620 is actually much more complicated than the 127. The 620 has both "i" and "b' settings. It also has a safety mechanism that allows the shutter to be depressed only once before winding the film, to prevent multiple exposures. The flash unit that comes with these cameras is interchangeable between the two. A nice surprise. I used a flash bulb for fill flash on the shot of my dog with the clams, below. Both of them, but especially the 620, have shutters that give a satisfying and confident "click" when actuated.

I like the distorted edges on the sample images below. The glass lenses are clear and crisp. I know, bummer. (Kidding.) I read somewhere about someone using the 127 with 35mm film. I might try that this week.

no·madic adj.
no·madi·cal·ly adv.
nomadism n.

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A Nomadic afternoon.





The hunt for food.

Reason for leaving.


Nomadic home?

They must keep moving. They are obsessed. They are driven.

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