Wednesday, 18 April 2012

Generic Films

Offer me one of these films years ago and I would laugh or even get insulted.  Well... the digital revolution has made some significant changes in many aspects and in photography is no different.

As more commonly known brands such as Fuji and Ilford are costing way too much if you want to experiment, these kind of  films are increasingly becoming part of my life.

It is true that some of them are made by divisions of big companies, like the Costco's Kirkland by Agfa, but in some cases it's hard to know exactly where its origins lies and if it's actually going to produce something.

A plastic camera is not just for Christmas...

I just took a little gamble today in my local charity shop and bought ten disposable cameras at £0.50 each. They are 24 exposures 400 ISO  and it will expire in August 2012, a good option at least for my half-frame camera.

These cameras are reloadable so I'm assuming the lab would take the film out to be processed, and then send them back with a fresh one loaded.

Because of that all I had to do was open the back door to take the film out. In some disposable cameras the whole film is out of the cartridge and it wounds back inside as you use, to take it out you'll then have to use the camera in completely darkness in order to load the film back into the cartridges.

What's more interesting is the fact that the cartridges are from Kodak with some generic label covering...

I'm looking foward to try them... they might do ok to use as a redscale or in my pinhole cameras.

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