Thrifted Finds: Kodak Pocket Instamatic 40 Camera

The first Saturday of the month is Goodwill day. Everything at Goodwill stores is 50% off. Not far from our local Goodwill is a store called "Vintage Vogue," which is a subsidiary of the former. Basically, Goodwill takes their "best" merchandise (arbitrarily, it seems) and marks them up a few dollars. On 50% off day, it's worth the trip.

About two months ago, my boyfriend was digging around the miscellany when he came upon a little brown pouch with a long strap. Within, he found a small camera. Knowing how geeky I am for film cameras, he ran up to me as I was trying on over sized blazers and showed me the item. I opened the pouch to see a sad little Instamatic with the company's emblem plate taped on. I was going to leave it, thinking it was a camera that I couldn't buy film for. Lucky for me, he shrugged me off and decided to get it anyway as it was only three dollars. Then I noticed that it was a 110 camera and that there was no battery necessary. Then I bought it for myself and I'm glad the only defect was the taped on KODAK plate.

I took it to the Monon trail before dropping off a roll of black and white film at Indianapolis's Mr. Poster. I wasted about four exposures not knowing how to open the shutter, but the rest turned out pretty great.

Lo-Fi Fun & The Cost of Film

A long while ago, I purchased two little 110 cameras. One was a keychain that could actually fold up into a square when there was no film in it. The other was a Holga Micro 110. At the time, I was doing my undergrad in NYC and somehow, no one in New York City could develop my film. Instead of sending it out, I just shelved it for three or hour years. When I moved to Indiana, I decided that was close enough to Kansas to get the film developed. I did. This post isn't regarding those photos, though, because they were pretty lousy. Anyway, I got some more rolls of 110 film from Lomography, inserted them into the cameras and tried to snap away. I exposed one roll when one of the cameras broke (I think it was the shitty little keychain.) The other two turned out okay and will be posted below... but not before I've made my spiel.

My local lab just moved to a shiny new facility in downtown Indianapolis. They used to develop and scan color 120 rolls of film. When they moved, I walked in to drop off about four rolls of 120 and four or five rolls of 35mm. The guy just slid the rolls of 120 back to me and told me I had to ship them out now.

Dwayne's Photo in Parsons, Kansas is one of maybe two or three labs in the entire country that develop 110 film and they're the most affordable lab when it comes to developing 120 film. What was once the cost of developing copious amounts of film was now a single roll. My heart dropped to my feet when I eventually received my electronic bill after miscalculating my order. And since they don't readily make 110 scanning masks for my scanner, I had to make do with the low-resolution scans Dwayne's offers. It's a sad day when you can feel the death of film in your wallet. True, people are trying to maintain the tradition of making and developing film, but a smaller and smaller number of people seem to care. Oh well... here are my pictures.

Next time, I'm making a happier post about a thrifted Kodak instamatic. Stay tuned.

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