The Best Camera?

The best camera is the one that is with you is how the old saying goes.

Well the one that is with me is a piece of junk.
Held together with tape and with no real controls other than a focus ring and a button to make it to click.
It doesn’t even actually go click, more of an unsatisfying springy sound.

It does have a flash, though it doesn’t always work due to the batteries not fitting properly.

On the plus side it is just you and your subject. There are no controls or options to get in your way or distract you.
You are forced to look at your subject and think about how the light will appear in your finished photograph.

Nasty Japanese Knot weed shot with a nasty Chinese camera
Nasty Japanese Knot weed shot with a nasty Chinese camera
Dark Horse
Dark Horse
Edinburgh through a Holga with Rollei Film
Old Reekei

This is more liberating than limiting.
The only other thing you can adjust is the type of film that you use.
I used Rollei Retro 400s film for these and developed them in Rodinal.
Rodinal is a high sharpness developer and the film is actually aerial surveillance film.
Very slightly infra red and is apparently very good for using at dawn and dusk or in poor lighting…
or as we call it here in Scotland.

Summer!

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