Tuesday, April 19, 2011

For the Love of Film

My favorite film cameras

I love film photography. I love the unexpected. I love waiting for my film to develop. Photography is like slow cooking – everything tastes better when it's slow cooked. I have several film cameras {my loves} that I would like to share with you today. Enjoy!

Sakura San Ultra Wide

Let's start off with the Superheadz Ultra Wide and Slim camera. I picked up this Sakura San {soft pink Cherry Blossom} when we were in Fukuoka City {Hakata}, Japan last summer and it has been my favorite since then.

This is a remake of the cult classic Vivitar Ultra Wide and Slim camera known for it's portability {it's super light}, ultra wide lens, and vivid results. These new Superheadz Ultra Wide and Slim cameras are made at the same factory as the original and features the same wide angle 22m lens. This is a great starter camera for anyone wanting to pick up a cheap plastic film camera.

Sakura San Ultra Wide and Slim

Fez, Morocco. Taken with my Sakura San Ultra Wide & Slim. Fujifilm Superia 400.

Sakura San Ultra Wide and Slim

Roatan, Honduras. Taken with my Sakura San Ultra Wide & Slim. Fujifilm Superia 400.

Hello Kitty Diana MIni

This is my Hello Kitty Diana Mini. Lomography released a special edition Hello Kitty Diana Mini last summer but was only available in Korea. Luckily, Dylan and I had an 11-hour stopover in Seoul, Korea and spent the day looking for this lucky little lady.

I don't know how we found it, but we managed to find this small shop called Toy Camera in the middle of the vintage camera district called Chungmuro in Seoul. If you're ever in Seoul, I highly recommend spending an afternoon in this vintage camera district.

The Hello Kitty Diana Mini was going for $70 USD. You can find the original and still adorable Diana Mini for about $55.

Hello Kitty Diana MIni

My Hello Kitty Diana Mini fits in the palm of my hand. It is an ultra-compact, petite version of the Diana F+ camera and allows you to shoot square format or half-frame pictures using standard 35mm film. The shots I've been getting have a really nice soft color and feel to them. The Diana Mini is a fun find.

Hello Kitty Diana Mini

Hello Kitty Diana Mini

Palm Springs, California. Half-frame pictures taken with my Hello Kitty Diana Mini.

Hello Kitty Diana Mini

Palm Springs, California. Square format picture taken with my Hello Kitty Diana Mini.

Fujifilm Cheki

I bought my Fujifilm Cheki back in 2001 when I first moved to Osaka, Japan. It's nearly 10 years old, but it still takes excellent instant pictures. Everyone loves instant pictures!

Fujifilm Cheki 50

Siem Reap, Cambodia/Luang Prabang, Laos. Taken with my Fujifilm Cheki. Modeling by Dylan Ho.

Fujifilm Cheki 50

Joshua Tree, California. Taken with my Fujifilm Cheki.


This is Dylan's beloved Holga. It kind of became mine when I slapped on some Hello Kitty bandages when the back cover kept popping off. I noticed he's not really shooting with it anymore even since. Plan worked.

If you ever want to start playing with medium-format film, Holga's the best way to start. It is a cheap camera with a plastic body, plastic lens and fixed at 60 mm/f8. The results are beautiful.


Windward Side, Honolulu. Taken with my Holga.


Waimea Beach, Hawaii. Taken with my Holga.


Honolulu, Hawaii. Taken with my Holga.

Canon EOS 1V-HS

Dylan picked up this camera, the Canon EOS 1V-HS a couple of years ago and has been one of our favorite film cameras. This camera looks and feels like a beast but still takes pictures with grace and softness.

Canon Eos 1V

Cooking at home in Silver Lake, Los Angeles. Taken with our Canon EOS 1V-HS and 50 mm f/1.4.

Contax 645

Dylan bought me this Contax 645 for my birthday last year and I absolutely love it! I love the way this camera feels in my hands. I love bringing the Contax on our trips. The Carl Zeiss lens is absolutely amazing. I can't express how much I love shooting with my Contax 645.

Contax 645

House Spirits/Stumptown Coffee. Portland, Oregon. Taken with our Contax 645. Kodak 220 440VC.

As far as choice of film and development, the fun thing about the "toy" cameras is that you can just have fun and experiment. We usually shoot with Fujifilm Superia 35mm film and develop our prints scanned at Costco. For our medium-format films, we love Fuji Pro 400H film. For superb developing, no one can beat the quality and service Richard Photo Lab. We love working with them.

Long live film!


chasingbawa said...

They're beautiful. I love the Cheki! And of course the Sakura-san - that's so Japanese!

ila said...

i'm a film fiend too. (AND a superheadz fangirl) - LURVED this post! i'm not too comfortable with my holga though, so i'm thinking of trading it in for a holga mini...

Oishii Eats said...

Chasingbawa! Thank you. I love the Cheki and Sakura San! Cheers to film fun!

Ila...don't trade in the Holga. I think the Holga is easier to use than the Mini. I think the Mini is my least favorite if I had to choose.

tstar said...

Thanks for sharing this. I am still addicted to film. I can't wait to get my Holga film developed. Where do you send your film these days?

Jen said...

love, love, love film!! i miss it!! Glad to see that there are others who still love film too!

Oishii Eats said...

Hello Tanya! We usually drop our Holga film off at Samy's and have it scanned. They do a pretty good job for toy fun.

Jen...we have so many random film cameras at home. LOVE them all. Japan has a really awesome film subculture and an endless array of films to choose from!

Food, she thought. said...

I have been stalking Lomography websites for over a year. You are inspiring me to pick up a lovely Holga or A Lubitel of my own and play play play!!!

heidi said...

I want them ALL. :)


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