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.
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.
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 [email protected]/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!