Intro to Film: Black Devil Ultra Wide and Slim Review

The Black Devil - Ultra Slim and Wide

The Black Devil - Ultra Slim and Wide




Call me a child of the Digital Age, but I’ve never really shot film unless you count Polaroid instant snaps or the faint recollection I have of Kodak 110 cartridges that I used to play with as a kid. The first time I ever bought a camera for myself was sometime around Y2K, was digital, and every other camera I’ve had has been since. Until now.

Old Brick Building shot on film with Ultra Wide and Slim camera

Old Brick Building - Expired ISO200 C41 Black and White

You see, I’ve always been curious about this “film” thing – the chemicals, different types of film, cross processing, etc. While I had yet to try it, I had friends that had played with Holgas or shot film in school. I was intrigued but not enough to get a whole other rig just for dipping my toe into the shallow end of the gene pool.
Then I saw the Ultra Wide and Slim Camera. The example photos on the Photojojo site had that nostalgic vintage feel of vibrant, warm colors with a bit of sun flare. I wanted to create simple vignetted images, too, without spending time in Photoshop faking it! For $32 (including a roll of film!) I figured that I couldn’t go very wrong and it seemed like a fun, picture happy toy to take on a little trip that I had coming up.

With all of us being so used to the instant gratification of immediately chimping our pics in digital photography, one of the things I like most about the Ultra Wide and Slim is that every time I open my pics that I get back from being developed (CVS, Longs, Costco, whatever…) is like winning the lottery. At the time that I take the shot I may think I know what I’m going to get, but it’s all just a bit of a crap shoot.

Indian Canyon Palms shot on Ultra Wide and Slim camera

Indian Canyon Palms - ISO100 color

In fact, shots from the hip and shooting with expired film ensure that you’ll never be sure what you get. You can find good deals on expired film (sometimes free!) at your local camera shop or even in the bottom of a friend’s camera bag. Expired film gives you unpredictable results and just adds to my excitement when I finally get my pics back from the store.
The Ultra Wide and Slim has a pretty darn wide 22mm lens and, if you’re not careful, you’ll get your digits caught up in your shots. Another tip: Don’t bother installing the little strap that it comes with, it’ll just end up in your shots, too! The operation is simple as can be with exposure fixed at f11@1/125th which on a sunny day works great with ISO100 film. Unfortunately, Photojojo includes ISO800 with the camera. Save it for a rainy day… literally.
I originally thought that maybe I would carry this little guy with me on vacation and leave the DSLR behind on some of the outings on my trip so that I could enjoy my time without being overly concerned about the shots that I was getting. Instead, it just chills in my pocket while I still lug my Canon around and I whip out the Ultra Slim to grab the shots that I think it will be just perfect for. But this little gadget has added a new dimension to my photography by adding unpredictability and anticipation to my shooting.

Shots below are with different types of film from vacations and around the neighborhood. Enjoy and more to come!

2 Responses to “Intro to Film: Black Devil Ultra Wide and Slim Review”

  1. Jim says:

    I started with film. But found it way too restricting, and unless you had the “MONEY” not just for the rig, but the darkroom equipment you were having to let someone else do the “Real Work/ART”, the developing and printing. So if you didn’t own all the darkroom equipment then you were/are stuck with CVS and all the others that will soon stop wet processing themselves, and a tech who has nearly no training and lets the machine do all the work. Sound familiar?

    The instant Digital gratification thing is not so instant anyway, a weeks paycheck says you have more time at your computer over your “Bridge” shot than Had you developed that shot in wet. I know, I have done both.

    I was going to say more, but just think I will again tell you how nice a shot that is. Excellent shot.

    P.S. Just started my Blog so it is Not So Very Much yet lol.

  2. Joe says:

    You’re absolutely correct – I spent the better part of a night working in Photoshop to perfect the “Bridge” shot! But, I still had a pretty good idea of what I had to work with when I saw the captures. When I do shoot with the “toy” camera, it’s really just for fun and it can be a surprise what I get back.

    Good job on starting your blog! Keep it up and shoot often…. :)

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