It’s been a long time since I’ve shot a film camera. I’ve never had a “pro” film camera and I still don’t. Over the past year I’ve been able to pick up some old cheap film cameras. So far in my collection I have an Argus 75, Kodak Brownie Starmite and the latest to my collection is a Spartus 35f Model 400. The other two cameras take film that local stores don’t carry around my home town. The Spartus on the other hand takes 35mm film. I decided it’s worth a few bucks to give this old camera a try and see if it’s still capable of taking decent pictures. My only problem was I could only find 200 speed film. Upon investigation I found the cameras shutter speed is fixed at 1/60 of a second. It does have several apertures, but I knew I really needed slower film. Not willing to order film, I went ahead with the 200 speed Fuji color film.
Here are my results.
|Check out what appears to be a light leak in the upper left corner.|
I had a 24 exposure roll and I think 7 of the pictures were usable. I found the camera has some light leaks. I may try and seal these with some foam tape. These pictures were scanned then imported into Aperture. I did some white balance correction.
Overall I’m happy with the camera. Inside there is some paint that has peeled off. It’s exposed some polished medal. This could be why I was getting some strange, what looks like, lens flare on the film. I plan on getting that medal blacked out and maybe trying another roll of film. Next time I’ll order in some black and white and hopefully find some slower film.
Will this camera ever take pristine pictures? No, its manual focus where you guess the distance and fixed shutter speed really limits you when using it. The most incredible thing about this camera is you press the shutter and, other than a very soft click of the shutter dropping, nothing happens. It’s truly an awesome experience to use something so simple. Not knowing whether the picture you just took is good, bad or really bad is kinda neat. The other reason I really love this camera is this was an everyday consumer grade camera. Someone could have taken a picture of their first child coming home from the hospital. Another person could have snapped a picture of their daughter in her wedding dress. That’s the true reason I enjoy holding this camera.