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Marcy's Pokemon Camera Review:

What more could a girl ever want? My husband came home with this camera one day. He gave it to me along with something else ... something else that was somewhat expensive - I think the other thing was electronic, or something? The Pokemon camera SO overshadowed the other gift that I can't even remember what the other gift was. After the initial thrill wore off, I placed it on the shelf until WWPD...

I was headed out to meet some folks in Tacoma for World Wide Pinhole Day 2003. I wanted a simple camera to document the event. The Pokemon had a flash so I grabbed it. Later, I remembered that when I loaded the film, I'd noticed a piece of plastic between the lens and the film plane. Odd, but I shrugged it off as possibly a guard, so when kids were loading film into the camera they couldn't stick their fingers into the shutter blades. I did just that on a Nikon N8008S once and it cost big bucks! So, I could understand the fear. Still later, the film came back from the one-hour with this absolutely silly Pokemon vignette! I laughed and laughed! The piece of plastic at the film plane had Pokemon characters on it.

Two things of note with this camera; The one hour machine will attempt to average the exposure on a print. The vignette really throws it off. I first ran a roll of C-41 print film through the camera. It's difficult for me to discern, from color negatives, exactly what film speed a camera (with non-adjustable shutter speed) prefers. The second roll I put through this camera was E-6 chrome. Easier to see where I stand. I was actually surprised with how well 400 speed E-6 came out! The first two images, below, are C-41. The remainder are E-6. The second thing of note; this camera accepts an AA battery to fire the flash. When you turn the camera on, you open the lens cover and the flash fires with every shot. In bright daylight, you don't need that darn flash. Up close you don't want that darn flash. There's no need for a battery other than to fire the flash. The shutter isn't electronic ( duh). However ... I found that, when the flash doesn't fire, the vignette goes black. It appears there's an elaborate set of plastic reflectors inside the camera that light the vignette via the flash. Hence, the need for a flash every time.

Flash fall-off is short with this camera, so you don't want to try to take pictures of anything beyond the flash exposure guide number. Oh wait! There isn't a set guide number for the Pokemon Camera! I suppose I could come up with one. 

Phil Arney & his pinhole camera.

Outside the Tacoma Museum of Glass.

Clamming involves a trek across gooey mudflats.

Butter clams and gooey feet.

When you clam, bring your web-footed dog.

 

A friend of mine had to move from a house that was going to be demolished. She had a demolition party. Epitaphs were written on the walls.

 

 

If you push the tails of sock monkeys back through their legs and put their little arms just so, it looks like the sock monkeys are holding their penises. Though you can't tell it from this scan, the affect - with huge sock monkey smiles- is quite striking. I was proving this to a couple of women who were at my house for a meeting. Forgot all about the silly sock monkeys. The next day, a couple of clients stopped by. The mother-in-law sat directly facing the monkeys. Afterward, I noticed the nasty monkeys and had to laugh! 

Edmund J. Kowalski supplied me with this photo of his blue Pokemon camera. It is very unlike the Pokemon camera that is reviewed above.

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