Why Would You Shoot 30 Year Old One-Time-Use Camera?

I suppose you should thirty year old film, because you it’s exciting to really not know what you’re gonna get.

My good friend Jan found this old Kodak one-time-use camera in the trunk of her car. She has assured it me in there for several years. Its expiry was November 1992, and I suspect the previous decades were in a drawer.

Shooting expired film can be tricky, but I figure if I’m going to shoot old film, I think color is my favorite way to go. Color shifting is typical, sharpness and contrast also take a hit in quality. In the case of this particular camera. It spent years in the trunk of a car. The heat, the freezing, the heat again, and then back to freezing…over and over again. I think the plastic lens warped from the severe car boot conditions. I got lucky this time. I have gotten a few of these back with the film getting completely fogged and no images to show for it.

The film in this camera was iso 800 and so I made sure to shoot in bright conditions, just to make sure I would get the most color. The lenses on these cameras are commonly 30mm and roughly 1/100th of a second shutter, with typically an f10 aperture. Color negative film generally has pretty good latitude, but expired film usually loses that latitude.

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