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russc 09-28-2012 01:13 AM

A couple rolls through an $11 Camera
I was helping my girlfriend set up shop at a pop-up market downtown, and went for a walk when I got bored. Ended up in a junk shop and found a Mamiya 500 DTL with a $10 sticker on it rattling around in a box, plopped a decent looking 55mm f1.7 on it and walked out with no idea if it would work or not. The aperture in the lens is stuck wide open, but the meter works. I put a couple rolls of drugstore 400 iso through it just to see what would happen, and was pleasantly surprised.

Here's the camera, different lens on it though.

also, inb4hipsters

Lead-Foot 09-28-2012 04:59 AM

Pretty cool treasure you found.

Falcon16 09-28-2012 05:08 AM

Nice. I found an AE-1 on my local Kijiji for $50 for with a 50mm and a 70-300 lens. I'm thinking I may pick it up and do just what you did. grab some film and have some fun. Ah how I miss my old Pentax ME Super. Great camera but once I moved to digital it just sat. I guess maybe now with playing with old pb stuff since it's better buit maybe it's time for a return to film for the fun of it.

Arson24 09-28-2012 01:57 PM

thats pretty awesome, nice find!

Frink 10-02-2012 01:08 AM

Nice work, good framing and composition. Especially like #1.

Hobbes 10-02-2012 02:51 AM

Film still rocks, just has a certain quality you can't replicate.

Dr. PhunkyPants 10-02-2012 10:02 AM

Further proof its not the camera. It's never the camera. It never will be the camera.

Ebay's "Film Cameras" section is a personal favorite. Scroll through BIN and with a $20 budget come away with a professional quality tool capable of producing amazing results.

Digital is fine for people who just look at images on screen. But in your hands, there's still nothing quite like a good film print...especially when you're blowing out the highlights...

Fidget 10-02-2012 10:56 AM

Why does everyone else get the cool stuff at junk stores! I never get anything :(

mikeds80 10-02-2012 07:57 PM

You should have included the ATS photo on your reddit post.

russc 10-02-2012 09:25 PM


To be fair, it isn't a particularly good photo.

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