I haven’t posted a couple of weeks as I had a lot of pictures to go through on my DSLR. Last week, however, I got a batch of pictures back from the labs at Lomography.com.
These pictures were taken on my Voigtlander Vitoret 110, which I found on Ebay. I wanted to try a camera that used 110 film, since that type of film is cheap and idiot-proof to load after the accidents I’ve had in the past with old film cameras.
The film comes in the form of a cartridge that you simply snap into place. There’s no risk of light-leakage, since the film is inside a cartridge. You can even take the film out half-way through and replace it with a different type of 110 film, and then switch back afterwards.
The camera itself was made in West Germany in 1975. I didn’t even realize they made 110 cameras back then.
The settings are very basic. You get four different settings for four weather conditions, with three aperture settings (f16, f8-11 and f5.6). This is clearly an old point-and-shoot camera for the consumer market. There is an attachment on the side for a flashgun, which is funny considering how small the camera itself is.
The first film I used was the Lomography Peacock X-Pro 200 film, which is supposed to produce vibrant colours. For my first trip, I took it around Bristol:
Since I was in Bristol, I had to capture the street art. I thought that the dynamic colours this film is supposed to produce might enhance the look of the graffitti:
While this film does bring out the colour in the image, it is counteracted by the grainy finish. I think this works well if you like a nostalgic look, and it can produce some atmospheric shots in the right situations.
I thought the Voigtlander was a fun and simple camera to play around with, despite how old it is. Obviously, creating a good image is going to be difficult considering how basic the functions are. You cannot adjust the exposure to account for excess light, and the low light pictures didn’t come out at all (probably because I didn’t use a flash and the ISO was 200). Despite this, these cameras are cheap to pick up on Ebay and experiment with, whether you’re a vintage camera enthusiast or just curious.