A few months ago I drove by a local Goodwill Outlet store. The place was massive, and I had some time to kill, so I would wandered in. Holy cow, the place is a second hand clothes, book, shoe and odds & end paradise. Basically, the place is row after row of big blue bins on wheels filled with "stuff". The rows are divided by type of article, i.e. clothes, odds & ends. They rotate the bins about every 2 hours with new merchandise. The thing that's so cool, is that the items sell for $0.69 per pound.
|Romor R-2, Chinon Flash II & Windor RX-3 Goodness|
Well, while wandering around this swap-meet like environment looking in a few of the odds & ends bins and POW an old Polaroid camera. Bought it. Over the past few months I've stopped by about twice a month and just dug through the bins, with a single objective. Find camera stuff. I've purchase about 20 assorted Polaroid cameras, flash units, Brownies, etc. And what's even more fun is that recently I've found 3 completely plastic "toy" film cameras. They look very much like the higher end Leica cameras, of course, if you are looking from far away and squinting your eyes.
I've found a camera called a Chinon Flash II, a Romor R-2 & recently a Windsor RX-3. Yes, boys and girls my collection of Trash-Cams. Just for giggles I've loaded them up with 35mm film, and you know what - they all work. Not bad for a grand total of less than $2 for all 3. I've gone on line to find out information about these guys, and basically nothing.
OK, understand I'm a serious digital photographer, but I love these little cameras. They are totally impractical, and the build quality completely sucks, but the image output is so aweful its great. I mean light leak city, moire pattern on the Romor, apeture ring pops off the Chinon and black electric tape minimizes the light leaks on the Windsor. And to think I just paid $2,400 for a Nikkor 70-200 f/2.8 VRII - go figure.
|Chinon - P-51Mustang|
|Chinon - Holding up a Pole|
I've even thought about painting a red circle above the lens on the Romor so people think I'm toting a Leica. Photog humor.
So if you see me around town taking street shots toting a Leica, think again, its actually one of my Trash-Cams.
|Romor - Hand In Hand|
|Romor - Side Street Bar|