Monthly Archives: May 2018

52 Cameras: # 153 — Vivitar A35 Splash Proof




Photoworks ISO 400 film. Expired in 2006. Scanned on a Canon 9000f at 2400DPI and reduced to 1024 on the long side for upload.

The sensor apparently adjusts the flash. The film is 400 but it’s lost speed with age so probably more like 200. Indoor shots are underexposed so the scanner pumps up the gain so I get film grain plus scanner noise. Still, not bad for a cheap camera and cheap, old film.

The munchkin took this one.

The munchkin took this one.


Stairwell coming out of the city parking garage.

Stairwell coming out of the city parking garage.


My timing was off and I split the car with the pole.

My timing was off and I split the car with the pole.




Some research info…
The auction ad showing the manual copyright date and the box showing that the camera was sold by itself.

The auction ad showing the manual copyright date and the box showing that the camera was sold by itself.


This next ad might be able to claim accuracy on technicalities. The shutter could be accurate at all of its one speeds. It auto-focuses at the one, fixed, focus setting. Maybe there were variations and some cameras came with an f/4.5 lens.
This same info was in several ads by different sellers.

This same info was in several ads by different sellers.


ISO info from a picture of a manual page in another ad.

ISO info from a picture of a manual page in another ad.


Kudos to QVC for advertising with accurate information.

Kudos to QVC for advertising with accurate information.

52 Cameras: # 152 — Cardboard Box Pinhole




The fugly beast itself.
325mm, F/428, 8X10" paper negative.  Custom  variable duration shutter (it's tape).

325mm, F/428, 8X10″ paper negative. Custom variable duration shutter (it’s tape).


Not a lot to show — I only took the two images.
Tree negative

Tree negative


This old cottonwood is 95% dead but the birds love it.

This old cottonwood is 95% dead but the birds love it.


The wind was trying to steal the box so the paper tore and the flaps got in the way.

The wind was trying to steal the box so the paper tore and the flaps got in the way.


Black Mesa and La Capilla de la Familia Sagrada

Black Mesa and La Capilla de la Familia Sagrada