Hi guys! It's been over a month since my last post, so I figured I'd show you what I've been up to. Basically, I've been learning a lot about film photography, and to put it simply, I'm absolutely obsessed! My camera collection is growing and growing and I'm going to try to post regularly about my cameras, what they do, tutorials and all sorts of stuff. (Speaking of tutorials, earlier I mentioned doing one about cyanotypes. That's still in the works, but as you need the sun and it just hasn't been out so often, I'm trying to wait until the weather's more reliable.)
First, let me tell you about the Nishika N8000.
"The design of the Nishika N8000 was a bit overstated. The flash contact sits atop a small platform which resembles the Pentaprism found on an SLR. The camera is much larger than it needs to be, a lead weight was included to make it heavier, there is a plastic panel on top designed to look like an LCD readout and the two AA batteries serve no function except to power the "light meter" which merely indicates whether or not flash should be used. The "use flash" indicator is not coupled to the aperture lever and is thus valid only when f8 (cloudy/indoors) is selected and when ASA 100 film is used. Also, the hot shoe has three contacts (in addition to ground), but two simply sit on top of the plastic with no internal connection. The companion flash has only a single contact in addition to ground.
Misleading and even illegal tactics were used to market the camera, including an infamous fraudulent prize promotion scheme, which is usually blamed for the company's demise.
Though N8000s are constantly available on eBay, they rarely get any bids."
Basically, the Nishika N8000 was an over priced piece of crap. And by overpriced, I mean they sold this thing for, like, $300. But now you can get them for more like $5. Mine was new in the box off Amazon.
All this being said, I absolutely LOVE my Nishika! It has 4 lenses, so it takes 4 pictures of the same thing (although, each is slightly altered from the other) and this allows you to create 3D images. Originally, you could send your negatives to get lenticular prints made. Unfortunately now this service is very hard to find, and when you do find it, it's very expensive to have done. But there are ways around this.
You can now scan your negatives into your computer and open them in your favorite photo-editing program and either take two of the frames to create a 3D image that works with 3D glasses, or you can take all 4 images and make a gif, which is what I did. Here are a few of my favorites!
|My little sister, Ashton.|
I have a few more, but I don't want to overload you, so maybe I'll save them for another post! If you want to snag one yourself, checkout Amazon or Ebay. They aren't expensive and there so much fun!